The Flu

Polk County Public Schools is working to protect our schools and help keep students, staff and families safe during this flu season. Please see the information and resources below for some easy tips on how you can help prevent or treat the flu.

“It is important to be vigilant during this flu season,” said Audrey Kelley-Fritz, Senior Manager of Prevention, Health and Wellness for Polk County Public Schools. “The best ways to prevent the spread of flu is to wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are ill, cough and sneeze into your cuff or elbow, and get a flu shot.”


Videos on proper hand-washing

Immunizations and Medication Administration

Resources from the Florida Department of Health

Local Wellness Policy

This policy details nutrition guidelines for all foods on campus, including fundraisers, school parties, and classroom snacks as well the district's goals for physical activity, nutrition promotion and education. It was developed in accordance with the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act 2010, Section 204, revisions were adopted by the Polk County School Board on October 6, 2015.

Mental Health Resources

Psychological Services and Crisis Resources

NAMI Polk County

NAMI Polk County, Inc. (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization whose membership is dedicated to the welfare of persons with serious mental illness. Our mission is to promote recovery from mental illness and to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from no-fault brain diseases by providing support, education and advocacy for individuals with mental illness and their families. We are located in Bartow, Florida and serve all of Polk County.

Click here to visit the NAMI Polk Website

Florida KidCare - Child health insurance you can afford!

Do you need health insurance for your child?

Florida KidCareThe Healthy Start Coalition can help! Florida KidCare is our state’s children’s health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. Eligibility for Florida KidCare is based on your child’s age and family income.

Free Florida KidCare application assistance available by appointement only. For more information on Florida KidCare call the toll-free number at 1-888-540-5437 or visit

To make an appointment call the Healthy Start Coalition at (863) 297-3043

Quick Guide for the Uninsured and Underinsured

Children's CabinetThe Children's Cabinet of the 10th Circuit has complied a Quick Guide for the Uninsured and Underinsured. This is a quick guide to health insurance, Medicaid, clinics and pharmacy information and is not just geared for children.

Hospital/Homebound Program

A homebound or hospitalized student is a student who has a medically diagnosed physical or mental condition which confines the student to the home or the hospital and whose activities are restricted for an extended period of time. Click here to view more information.