Polk County Public Schools

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Polk County Public Schools
Polk County, Florida
United States
District information
GradesPre-school through 12th
SuperintendentJacqueline Byrd
Other information

Polk County Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Bartow, Florida, United States.[1] The district serves Polk County.


Intelligent design controversy[edit]

In November 2007, four Polk County School Board members interviewed by The Ledger daily newspaper said they would support a resolution advising the Florida Board of Education to revise proposed science standards to include alternative theories to evolution.[2]

Expulsion of student for science experiment[edit]

In 2013 the district expelled a 16-year-old girl after her experiment mixing household materials resulted in a small explosion. The student was arrested and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device. Scientists posted tweets condemning the district's response.[3] Tiffany Madison of the Washington Times argued that the district's punishment reflected American schools becoming "mindless, bureaucratic prisons".[4]

School uniforms[edit]

The district requires all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to wear school uniforms.[5]

High schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." Polk County Public Schools. Accessed October 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Majority Opposes Science Proposal". The Ledger. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  3. ^ "Kiera Wilmot Expelled: Scientists, Teachers Outraged By Harsh Punishment For Teen's Experiment Accident." International Business Times. May 2, 2013. Retrieved on May 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Madison, Tiffany. "Florida schoolgirl charged with felonies for science experiment." Washington Times. Wednesday May 1, 2013. Retrieved on May 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "School Uniform & Dress Code Information." Polk County Public Schools. Accessed October 25, 2018.

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