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PEAK after school program to be available at no cost to students

Polk County Schools will serve a significant number of students in this year’s PEAK after school program at no cost to families.

Polk County Schools is excited to announce that funding provided by Polk County Local Government will enable the district to serve a significant number of students in this year’s PEAK after school program at no cost to families.

The program is available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. After school programming for pre-kindergarten students is available upon request at a cost of $40 per week.

Due to lower student participation last year and a limited number of qualified applicants this year, we are experiencing a shortage of Leaders at the current time. The safety and supervision of our students is important and the district works to maintain low ratios in each school’s program for this reason.

As a result, schools will begin this year’s PEAK program with a limited number of student slots. We are currently accepting applications and working to prioritize, place and serve students as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience these staffing delays may cause, and we appreciate your patience as we work to serve your students.

Applications are accessible online at the Polk County Schools homepage, www.polkschoools.org. Each school site application has its own link. Paper applications can be picked up at all elementary schools and Polk Middle. If you are interested in having your student participate in PEAK this year we ask that you fill out an online application or complete and return a paper application. The PEAK staff will contact you to let you know when your student may begin staying for after school. Please contact Linley Foster at lfoster@polkschools.org or 828-894-3051 with any questions.

We are also taking applications for PEAK Leaders to work with students in the program. Those interested can apply online at www.polkschools.org/employment. Applicants are subject to a background check and should provide references.

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