The Polk County Public Schools have approved a new 2020-2021 Polk County School Calendar that makes the last day of school almost a week earlier! The main difference in the proposed calendar is that the last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 3, 2021 instead of Wednesday, June 9, 2021, and the last day for teachers will be Friday, June 4, 2021. A copy of the new calendar is below.
WHY THE CHANGE? The Florida Department of Education waived the requirement for 180 actual teaching days for Florida school districts. To align with the waiver, the Polk County Schools Superintendent recommended a shortened instructional calendar from 180 to 176 days.
This was approved at a Polk County School Board Meeting on 10/27/20. This decision does not impact charter schools or private schools, and could still change if storm make-up days are needed.
Additional details can be found on the PCSB Website.
Charter schools (such as McKeel and some Montessori schools) and Private Schools all have their own calendars, links are listed below. Check directly with your school for any schedule changes.
The Schools of McKeel Academy (South McKeel, McKeel Central, McKeel Academy of Technology) announced on 7/15/20 that they will maintain the existing school calendar with a start date of August 6, 2020. A calendar is below.
NEW Polk County Public Schools Calendar 2020 – 2021
The calendar below was APPROVED during the PCSB meeting on October 27, 2020.
The last day of school will change to June 3, 2021, and the week of Graduations shifts 1 week earlier. These proposed calendar revisions will not impact Teacher or Paraeducator annual salaries.
Spanish and Haitian Creole versions of the calendar are available on the PCSB website, as well as printable calendars.
The Schools of McKeel Academy Calendar
The Schools of McKeel Academy (South McKeel, McKeel Central, McKeel Academy of Technology) announced on 7/15/20 that they will maintain the existing school calendar with a start date of August 6, 2020. A calendar is below. Click here for more information.
**Ignore the references to District Holidays on this calendar – reference the official Polk County Public School Calendar above for District Holidays**
Private School Calendars
Below are links to Lakeland & Winter Haven Private School Calendars where we could find them.
- All Saints Academy
- Excel Christian Academy
- Geneva Classical Academy
- Lakeland Christian School
- Resurrection Catholic School
- Roberts Academy
- Santa Fe Catholic
- St. Paul Lutheran School
- Victory Christian Academy
- Grace Lutheran School Winter Haven
- St. Joseph Catholic School Winter Haven
When Does School Start – First Day of School – Lakeland – Polk County
When Does School End – Last Day of School – Lakeland – Polk County