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Florida Polytechnic University ready to restart vibrant campus life

ORLANDO, Fla. – On Tuesday, the Florida Board of Governors approved Florida Polytechnic University’s plan for resuming its on-campus operations in the fall.

The Blueprint for Returning to Campus details the steps the University is taking to provide a healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to deliver a high-quality STEM education.

The plan outlines how Florida Poly will begin the fall semester on Aug. 20 providing a primarily in-person academic delivery model. However, the University will have the capacity for a smooth transition to a remote scenario if it becomes required.

The majority of classes will be delivered in a traditional face-to-face format with appropriate social distancing measures. A fraction of courses will be delivered using an online, engaged model. All classes and formally scheduled activities will be remote after the Thanksgiving break.

Personal responsibility and accountability are a critical component of the plan. New personal health guidelines are detailed, including a daily symptom monitoring survey, non-contact temperature measurement stations at building entrances, and the required use of face coverings.

Other components of the plan include:

  • Six-foot distance signs and direction markers will be placed on the floors and in common areas of campus.
  • Class sizes will be managed, and classrooms and common spaces will be rearranged for social distancing.
  • Cleaning protocols have been updated according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Residence halls will open with enhanced cleaning protocols and enhanced staff training. Isolation and quarantine spaces for residential students will be reserved to handle different scenarios.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will be required to take online COVID-19 training.

The University also established a Medical Advisory Board composed of local health experts to provide guidance on methods to implement testing and contact tracing protocols, as well as surveillance measures. Board members include representatives from health care providers such as Lakeland Regional Health, and experts in infectious disease and public health from the University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, and Florida International University.

“At the heart of our actions is a steadfast desire to bring our Florida Poly family back to an environment that is flexible, responsive, and prepared to work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” Florida Poly President Randy K. Avent said in the plan. “No plan we can make will ensure that no one falls ill. But as our University moves forward together, we hope our actions can help minimize those risks.”

The Board of Governors also confirmed the reappointment of Avent as president. The reappointment officially extends the term of his contract through July 6, 2021.


For the most recent University news, visit Florida Poly News.

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.



Learning Resource Center Presents the 2020 Summer Lineup

POLK COUNTY, FLA. (June 18, 2020) – The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) unveils its 2020 lineup of summer enrichment programs for all academic levels to combat learning loss during the quarantine and prevent summer slide.

Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at Camp READY which features multi-sensory learning experiences in an engaging format at Family Fundamentals in Lakeland. Camp will take place June 29-July 24, 2020, Monday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for the entire month.

Elementary students are able to attend Super Summer Success at Family Fundamentals in Lakeland beginning June 29, 2020. Camp will run Monday-Thursday from 1-4 p.m. through July 23, 2020 and will provide a captivating opportunity for students to improve important skills in reading and math during the summer months.

Middle school students will become more effective learners through time-tested strategies with LRC’s virtual Study Habits of Successful Students on July 6-10, 2020. The course’s fee is $120.

High School students may benefit from LRC’s test preparation courses designed to help students achieve confidence while earning their best possible score. ACT Prep takes place July 13-17, 2020 and SAT Prep on July 20-24, 2020. Both will be held virtually. The cost of each full course is $470 and includes a book.

For students of all levels, 1-to-1 tutoring is always an option. Currently, tutoring services will take place virtually, but LRC is looking into conducting face-to-face sessions again.

Due to COVID-19, LRC has adjusted procedures specific to each program which may include smaller group sizes, lower enrollment occupancy, social distancing regulations, temperature checks, increased sanitization and/or virtual programming.

LRC offers a Sliding Fee Scale based on gross family income with the assistance of United Way. For questions or to enroll, please visit the Learning Resource Center online at or call 863-688-9477.

About Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.: The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. is a nonprofit, United Way educational provider. LRC has a 45-year history of offering high-quality academic programs to help students maximize their learning potential. For more information, please visit LRC online at or call 863-688.9477.


LegalShield Joins #OpenWeStand to Support Small Businesses

ADA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LegalShield, the world’s leading provider of affordable legal and privacy protection plans, said today that it has joined GoDaddy’s #OpenWeStand coalition to help small business owners navigate the challenging times presented by coronavirus pandemic. More than 70 leading U.S. companies have pledged support for small businesses through #OpenWeStand so far.

Launched in April by GoDaddy, #OpenWeStand provides small business owners with expert advice and special offers on services and tools and creates a community for entrepreneurs to share insights and experiences with one another. With the rise of online scams and fraud, LegalShield will offer its individual IDShield identity protection/privacy management plan subscriptions to GoDaddy customers at no charge for 60 days. Additionally, small business owners will have free access to LegalShield’s COVID-19 Resource Center, as well as the ability to subscribe to legal plans designed specifically to their business needs or tap into LegalShield’s nationwide network of experienced lawyers.

“Individuals and companies are having to adapt to very difficult circumstances, but we believe that collective action will help everyone through this period,” said Rhett Weiss, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at LegalShield. “We’re proud to be a part of this initiative providing support, resources, and community to small businesses that are struggling in the current environment.”

To learn about the #OpenWeStand movement, please visit:

About LegalShield and IDShield

A trailblazer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America’s largest providers of online legal subscription plans covering more than 4.4 million people. Its IDShield identity theft solution for individuals and families has more than one million members. LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses. In addition, over 40,000 companies offer LegalShield and IDShield plans to their employees as a voluntary benefit. Both legal and identity theft plans start for less than $25 per month. For more information about LegalShield, visit: or for more information about IDShield, visit:

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy is empowering everyday entrepreneurs around the world by providing all of the help and tools to succeed online. With 19 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit


Lakeland Chamber to Support the Work of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida Prosperity Initiative

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has announced it will be partnering with the Florida Chamber Foundation on their Florida Prosperity Initiative. Florida currently has close to 900,000 children living in poverty which is more than 20 percent of all of Florida’s under-18 population. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause that number to rise dramatically. Many in our workforce rely on Florida’s tourism, service, and hospitality industries for survival. As those industries effectively closed for months and are just now beginning to reopen slowly, many Lakeland area residents are left with few immediate options and face an uncertain future as to when and if their jobs will come back.

“With several of our Lakeland area zip codes designated as ‘economically distressed’ and many residents under the age of 18 currently living in poverty, the Chamber has made it a priority to address the many root causes of poverty such as education, housing, and access to employment. As together we begin the safe and smart relaunch of our economy, there is no better time to facilitate discussions with our friends at the Florida Chamber Foundation and local stakeholders as to how to implement findings of the Prosperity Initiative to best serve all our residents,” said Lakeland Chamber President & CEO, Cory Skeates.

The work of this Florida Chamber Foundation initiative further supports the Lakeland Chamber’s mission to serve as the catalyst for business success, convener of leaders and influencers, and champion for our thriving community.


 The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 1,300 investor businesses in the Greater Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development, and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:

 Vision Statement

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of economic growth and quality of life.

 Mission Statement

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce serves as the Catalyst for business success, Convener of leaders and influencers, and Champion for our thriving community.