Students start back from winter break this week
The Polk School District is greeting students back from their winter break with smiling faces as 2019 gets underway in full stride.
Superintendent Laurie Atkins said educators are eager to see the smiling faces of youth return to the classroom at the start of the week after press time on Tuesday from their short vacation, and are just about to dig in for the annual testing season coming up in early spring at April’s end. Youth returned to the classroom after one extra day of in-service on Monday for educators to prepare for campuses to open again.
“We’re excited to get into the second half of the school year,” she said.
One good piece of news: as 2019 gets started, the Rockmart High School Agriculture Education Center is nearing completion and will in the months to come be ready for students to utilize.
However rain delays are forcing delays in construction of the new Fine Arts center at Cedartown High School.
“They’ve done a lot to try and get ready to pour footings for the new building,” she said. “But the rain just keeps coming.”
Otherwise it is expected to be business as usual within the Polk School District as the 2019 calendar year gets underway, starting with getting grades back from the first half of the school year.
Reports cards go home for the second nine weeks of the year next Wednesday, just in time for the kids to get out of school again a few days later.
Students will be off again from school for the forthcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21, followed by a day off for President’s Day on February 16. Progress reports go home in mid-February, and report cards before the end of March for the third nine weeks of the year.
Spring Break will start on April 1, and continues through Friday, April 5. From then, it’ll be eight more weeks of education until the 2019 school year comes to a close.
The Polk County Board of Education also returned back to regular business this week after press time for their first work and community input session of 2019, introducing new board members Britt Madden Jr. and Vicki Mayes to serve as the year started. They were sworn into office back in mid-December ahead of their first meeting of their terms.
Work is wrapping up on Rockmart High School’s new Agriculture Education facility as the winter semester for 2019 gets underway.