In order to foster a positive, open relationship with the media, Polk County Public Schools follows specific guidelines to ensure inquiries are handled in an efficient and timely manner.
The Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships is the primary media contact and provides media relations support, including coordinating news conferences and media events, producing external and internal news stories, and assisting schools and departments with effective media relations.
Employees are advised to refer District-related questions from the media to the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships. Factual information should be provided upon request, but employees should refrain from offering opinions or statements regarding policy. Any media contact, regardless of the type of information requested, should be conveyed to the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships.
For public records requests, visit www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/publicrecords. Student records are not considered public records.
If approved by the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships, media personnel are allowed to take photos or shoot video at school and school district sponsored events.
News Media Contact: Jason Geary