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Schools are to ensure that students with disabilities are provided access to all school functions, including but not limited to pep rallies, assemblies, dances, field trips and grade level meetings, as well as classroom extracurricular activities including but not limited to class activities, field trips, etc. Equal access to information about such activities is required by Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a school has daily announcements, all activities announced shall be published in the daily announcement. Principals will designate a staff member at their school site to oversee publishing all activities in the daily announcement and to provide a written copy of the daily announcements to teachers of students with disabilities to send home on a daily basis. If any activity is not placed in the daily announcements, written notification of that activity will be provided to teachers of students with disabilities to send home on a daily basis.

District ESE Services

FDLRS Parent Services

ESE Transition Forum

ESE Transition Forum

On November 9, 2017, we are holding an ESE Transition Forum at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, in the Cypress and Citrus rooms. Topics include (but not limited to):

  • When does the transition process start?
  • Setting realistic goals for the future.
  • Deferment of Receipt of Standard Diploma
  • Post-High School Programs

Click here to view our ESE Transition Forum flyer!

Disability History and Awareness Weeks

October 2-13, 2017, are Disability History and Awareness Weeks. Section 1003.4205, Florida Statutes, promotes providing instruction for students in all public schools to expand student knowledge, understanding and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history, and the disability rights movement. For more information and resources, including ideas about possible district, school and classroom activities, go to the BEESS Disability History and Awareness website and the Panhandle Educational Consortium website.
View the governor’s proclamation.

Working Together to Support Student Behavior

Family Network on DisabilitiesFlorida Center for Inclusive Communities at USF, and Florida’s Association for Positive Behavior Support Network are hosting a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) conference, “Working Together to Improve Student Behavior”, on March 24th and 25th, 2017. This conference is designed for family members and educators, especially those supporting students with behavioral challenges. The goal of the conference is to share current, evidence-based information and create a mechanism to promote collaboration to increase the use of positive behavior support practices, reducing reliance on reactive and punitive procedures.

The conference brings together national and local experts to deliver over 20 presentations, as well as skill-building workshops. The presentations will cover a wide range of topics related to effective school-wide discipline, classroom management, and especially individualized behavior support. The conference may be attended in person, provided the opportunity to interact with the speakers, exhibitors, and organizers. It is also being live streamed, encouraging participation via “watch parties” in your local community.

For more information, or to register, visit the conference website.

School Messenger

SchoolMessenger allows us to stay connected with you - our parents and guardians by sending various school related messages.  In order to receive non-emergency calls about situations at your students school, you must grant us permission. Opt in now!

Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Developmental Screenings Announced

To better serve our communities, professionals from the early childhood community are coming together to provide developmental screenings for children, from newborns to the age of 5. The screenings will begin the process to determine if your child is eligible for services that may be helpful in increasing their success upon entering school. Screenings for vision, hearing, speech, language, behavior, and overall development will be provided by appointment. Screenings locations and dates are provided below.




October 27, 2017 Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
November 30, 2017 Oasis Community Church Lakeland
December 15, 2017 St. Ann Catholic Church Haines City
January 26, 2018 First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred Lake Alfred
February 23, 2018 Presbyterian Church in the Highlands Lakeland

March 23, 2018

First Presbyterian Church

Lake Wales

April 23, 2018

First Baptist Church of Auburndale


May 18, 2018

First Baptist Church of Winter Haven

Winter Haven

June 28, 2018 Palmetto Elementary Poinciana

For further information, open the flyer, or to schedule an appointment, please call (863) 647-4258.

Florida Department of Education Announces New Website

The Florida Department of Education has created a new website entitled, which provides Florida Standards aligned student tutorials and resources for grades K-12 in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Civics. Additional tutorials are being added.


Agencies and Organizations Resources Page

Have you looked at our extensive resources pages? Go to our Agencies and Organizations Resources page. The second gray box In the left hand column contains additional resources.


Local Activities

If you, your child, or someone you know is living with a form of disability, the following local activities may be of interest to you.

Name: Description: When? Where?
Special Needs & Developmental Dance Developmental Dance allows students who are developmentally delayed to build self-esteem and use self-expression through dance and music Mondays
7:00-8:00 pm

Ultimate Dance Center
3234 S. Florida Ave.

Martial Arts for Children and Adults within the Spectrum

Martial Arts Therapy to assist kids and adults on the spectrum with the ability to concentrate and focus their attention in a consistent and highly structured environment.

6:30-7:30 pm

10:00-11:00 am

Kelly Rec Center
404 Imperial Blvd.




ESE Parent Calendar

Date: Event: Notes:
TBA Polk ESE Advisory Meeting