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Online Instructional Learning Plan

Please view the following pdf file to view how each teacher has selected an online learning platform. 

Bethune Instructional Online Learning Plan 2020

Additional information will be posted on Student Resource Page


Special Area - Online Lessons

Art, Music and P.E. Classes: Please go to our Student Resources Page to look for the Online Lessons from Coach Venable, Mr. Briggs and Mrs. Anhalt. Click here: http://bethune.polk-fl.net/student-resources/ for these lessons as well as other great resources.

IMPORTANT Changes to Meal Sites & Services Will Begin Monday, April 13!

Please note that meal service will not be available on Friday, April 10. This was already a scheduled student and employee holiday.

Beginning Monday, April 13, meals will only be distributed three days per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Extra food will be provided each day to make sure children’s needs are met. This change will help safeguard our families and employees by requiring fewer trips to pick up meals.

Changes will be also be made to the list of sites serving as meal distribution locations. Meal distribution will no longer be available at Bethune Academy. IMPORTANT: meals may be picked up at ANY OF THE LOCATIONS where meals are offered. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND THAT SCHOOL. 

For more information:  https://polkschoolsfl.com/lunchlocations/    (Please visit this site to see if dates or locations change.)

PLUS Resources

Polk County Public Schools, the Lake Wales Charter Schools, and the Polk County Library Cooperative have partnered to provide free access to library materials and online resources for Polk County students! PLUS Resources

PLUS Poster

Important Information

Polk County Public Schools is actively monitoring the Coronavirus and working closely with our partners at the Florida Department of Health. For the latest information and resources, visit polkschoolsfl.com/healthinformation.   Please use this link for updated information from Polk County Public Schools https://polkschoolsfl.com/ as they are in contact with Florida Department of Education. 

School Lunch information: https://polkschoolsfl.com/lunchlocations/


Magnet School Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year was: November 5th, 2019 – December 13th, 2019.

For more information, please visit: https://polkschoolsfl.com/magnetchoice/

For questions about Magnet applications, please call 863-534-0631.



School Supply List for 2019-2020

View the School Supply List for Bethune Academy (all grades): Student Supply List 2019-2020 PDF   You may also pick up a paper copy at the school office.  Stores should have copies available as well.

Donation request: please donate hand soap to the school. Refill sizes are welcome.

Free Educational Resources for Polk Students

These Media resources are available on the Polk County Public Schools Website and Bethune Academy’s Media Center Page.

These Online Resources are FREE for Polk students to use all year long even on breaks and during the summer!

For more information, use this handout: Media_Student Online Resources Handout

Thank you,

Mrs. Akers, Media Specialist


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Volunteer Application Fee

In order to volunteer and chaperone field trips, you must be an approved volunteer. We depend on our valuable school volunteers at Bethune Academy. Please apply now if you plan to attend any field trips or volunteer on campus.  Application: https://polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved/

The price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks was scheduled to increase from $25 to $40. However, the Polk County School Board has decided that the fee to cover volunteers’ background checks, as well as their badge and handbook, will remain $25 through the end of the calendar year.

Polk County Public Schools will be using more extensive volunteer background checks as part of our security measures to protect students and staff. The district will incur an additional charge for the statewide and national background checks.

Through the end of 2018, the cost to volunteers will remain $25. We are exploring other funding sources to help offset the cost of background screening for volunteers on an ongoing basis. More information will follow.


Campus Entrance and Security

IMPORTANT:  Bethune Academy has a School Safety Guardian on campus every school day to help keep our campus secure.  All doors and gates will be locked during the school day. In order to be on campus, all visitors must check in with the office staff. In order to enter the school office, you will need to push the button at the door and wait for the door to be unlocked. If you are approaching from N. 10th street, you will need to push the button at the gate for entrance. If you have strollers or need wheelchair access, you will enter through the N. 10th street gate (there is a sidewalk ramp).

All staff, students and visitors must wear name tags in order to be on campus. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Campus Guidelines

  • School Hours: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Walkers must go directly to the crossing guard for safe crossing.
  • Car Riders must be dropped off between 7:30 – 7:55 AM.
  • Car riders must be picked up by 3:20PM from the car rider line. Car riders will not be able to walk away from campus; a staff member will call the car rider number at the car loading zone.
  • If parents need a car rider number issued or replaced, they should see the office staff.  Cars without a number should not be in the pick-up line.
  • Early Dismissal Days: Dismissal is at 12:30PM Car riders must be picked up by 12:50PM.
  • Parents in cars must NOT drop off students at the bus zone or the street in front of the bus zone.
  • Do NOT park cars in the bus loading zone for any reason.
  • Please do not drop children off after 8:00AM. A parent must walk tardy students to the front office for a tardy slip.
  • All gates will be locked in the morning and remain locked for the remainder of the school day. ALL parents and visitors must check in at the front office when entering the campus.
  • All visitors must present a current driver’s license or Florida Identification Card in order to request permission to enter campus. A visitor’s badge is required on campus at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning Guidelines

Morning Arrival:

  • No cars should be parked in the bus zone.
  • Do not drop your children off at the bus zone – this is a safety issue!
  • If you are walking your child onto campus, please park and take them to the gate in front of the office and we will make sure your child gets to class.
    • Kindergarten students will be escorted to the correct location.
  • All visitors will need to receive a pass to enter our school campus.
    • If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please contact her for an appointment:
      • You can write a note in the agenda
      • email her
      • call the school office at 421-3334 to leave a message.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning schedule:

  • 7:30AM:  Staff members are on duty.
  • Students should not be on campus before 7:30. All students will go directly to the cafeteria. Students who need to eat breakfast will have the opportunity to eat (it is free for all BA students). At 7:45AM, students will be released directly to their classrooms from the café. Kindergarteners will be escorted to their classroom.
  • 7:45AM:  When students arrive on campus, they will either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or report directly to their classrooms.
  • 7:55AM:  Tardy bell rings. All students report to class.
  • 8:00AM:  All students should be sitting in their homeroom class.
  • After 8:00AM:  Parents MUST walk students to the office for a tardy slip. Do not drop children off at the front of the school without supervision.

Bethune Academy Cafeteria Menus

Current Lunch Menu

Current Breakfast Menu

Chaperones and Volunteers

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Please sign up to be a volunteer. Only an approved volunteer may attend field trips as a chaperone. Visit the Volunteer website for more information. Must be completed before February 1st of each school year.

Solicitud de Voluntarios Escuelas del Condado de Polk

School Uniforms

Please make sure students are prepared with proper Bethune Academy uniforms. Click here to view guidelines and vendors.