Due to the impact of COVID-19 cases, Polk Central Elementary, Polk County Middle School and Polk County High School will be closed for students on Friday, Sept. 3 and Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Students were already scheduled to be out Sept. 6 for the Labor Day holiday. Students will return to class at those three schools on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

All other schools in the district will remain on a regular schedule.

The temporary closures will help those schools recover from staffing deficits, mitigate the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases, allow completion of existing investigations and get students back on campus from current quarantines.

There will be no assignments or instructional expectations for students for the two days.

Families may pick up free lunches for students ages 18 and under at Polk Central Elementary on Sept. 3 and Sept. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Athletic coaches at PCMS and PCHS will communicate with players regarding the status of practices and games. Teachers and staff at all three schools will operate on a workday schedule on both days.

“We realize this is inconvenient for students and families, and we apologize for the short notice,” said Superintendent Aaron Greene. ” As we have stated throughout the pandemic, temporary closures of school sites may occur.

“We hope you all have a safe Labor Day weekend and look forward to resuming instruction Wednesday of next week.”