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In effort to keep our students and staff members safe, if your son/daughter displays symptoms related to COVID they will be sent home. If a student is sent home from school due to COVID conditions, he/she can return with a doctor’s note.
If your child has been tested for coronavirus, please do not send your child to school until you receive a negative test result. Please notify your school about the situation so attendance is coded correctly.
If a member of your household has tested positive, please do not send your child to school and call the Florida Department of Health at 863-519-7911 for further direction.
Again, if your child has been tested for coronavirus, please do not send your child to school until you receive a negative test result.
Local internet service providers are offering assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. PCPS has published information on these offers at polkschoolsfl.com/internetservice
Starting on 9/14, McLaughlin will only provide limited tech support. Polk County Public Schools has established a tech support hotline to assist our Campus eSchool (online) students this year.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, families can call 863-733-0331 for help with eSchool tech questions and issues. Campus eSchool teachers can use the hotline as well.
Staff will be available to answer calls on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McLaughlin will only offer device support for our eLearners on Wednesdays from 9am-11am.
We are asking that all families interested in participating in our eCampus Meal program register their students online using the survey found in the button below. Please complete this form so you may continue to pick up meals for your students in the coming weeks. Thank you!
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The 5 schools with the most books returned win new books for their school library.
All incoming 7th graders are required to have the TDAP immunizations. If your son/daughter has recently been administered the vaccination, please have them bring copy of their current shot record.
The Florida Department of Health requires 7th graders to have the following immunization:
Tdap (1 dose) Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis
You must show documentation of the Tdap before your child starts 7th grade.
Rising 7th graders should already have received the immunizations listed below:
- MMR (2 doses)
- Polio (4 doses)
- DTP/DTaP (5 doses)
- Hepatitis B Series
- Varicella vaccine (2 doses) or signed proof of the disease
Immunizations are available from your private medical doctor or the local health department. Take your child’s complete immunization record with you to obtain the vaccine. Contact the school office ahead of time to pick up your child’s immunization certificate.
Return the DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, to the school after each immunization visit.
Required Immunizations for School Entry
Your child must receive all of the required immunizations (shots) to attend school in Florida. If your child does not have all of the required shots, you must arrange for your child to receive the remaining ones.
You should contact your child’s health care provider to receive the immunizations. You may also call the Florida Department of Health in Polk County to have your child immunized. You will need to call for location, days, and times when immunizations are available at 863-519-7910. Immunizations are available at Health Department clinics in the following cities: Auburndale, Haines City, Lakeland, and Bartow.
- Immunizations required for school attendance are available at the Florida Department of Health in Polk County free of charge for children under the age of 19 that qualify.
- When going to a clinic for vaccinations, take your child with you and a copy of his or her previous immunizations.
- A permanent immunization certificate cannot be issued to you without a completed shot record.
The mission of Polk County Public Schools is to provide a high-quality education for all students.
Rev. 5/2016 (2016-17Immunization 6th Grade Parent Flyer and FDOH Clinics)
McLaughlin Middle - In Our Schools
Debra Wright Hudson is the new acting principal at McLaughlin Middle Fine Arts Academy, a school that is working hard to improve its standing.
Wright Hudson has a special source of motivation: Every day she passes through the school’s memorial hallway and is faced with a mosaic bearing the name of her late father, Clint Wright, a renowned educator who served with PCPS and the Lake Wales Charter Schools system.
“When I first came here I was just in awe when I saw my father’s name,” Wright Hudson said. “Every morning, I have to come through this door and be reminded of his great legacy, and how I have work to do here to continue that greatness that he placed in me.”
McLaughlin’s staff has been encouraged by the new principal’s arrival. “If she’s anything like her dad, we’re in great hands,” teacher Johnnie Kirkland says. “With two Wrights, you can’t get it wrong.”