Polk County School District releases more information on COVID-19 cases in schools

Posted at 2:50 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 14:50:22-04

Polk County Schools is releasing new information on its COVID-19 cases in schools.

When school started, ABC Action News asked the district how many students were being quarantined. The district nor the Polk County Health Department would give us that information, siting certain state statutes.

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A new report shows the number of students and staff quarantined after a positive case from Aug. 24 through Sept. 3.

During that time, the district had more than 50 cases including about a dozen at Lakeland High School/Harrison School for the Arts.

The data shows from Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, more than 1,800 staff and students were asked to quarantine.

No entire schools were asked to shut down in the public school system because of COVID-19.

Since Sept. 3, Polk County Schools has seen 180 more cases, including charter and private schools.