Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Q: Can students/families un-enroll at any time during the 2021-2022 school year and return to my brick and mortar school?

A: No. Students accepted at PILA must remain enrolled for the entire semester. Students may not transfer to another Polk County school until the semester break.

Q: Does PILA offer additional supports for Special Education Learners?

A: Yes! Please see the form in the handbook specifically about special education accommodations. Students have access to a special education teacher up to 8 hours a week at both PILA center locations.

Q: Will sports and other extra-curricular opportunities be accessible to PILA students?

A: Yes. Students will have the opportunity to participate in athletics and other school organizations. Elementary and middle school student interested in contiuing or begiining sports will have the opportunity to participate at their designated zoned school. High school students can participate in athletics through our TSSAA cooperative agreement with Polk County High School. 

Q: Will PILA students be provided with laptops and a hotspot?

A: Students may choose to use a home computer to access curriculum or they may check out a district provided chromebook. Hotspots are not provided to PILA students. Access to high speed home internet is required to enroll at PILA.

Q: Do PILA students have to be online at a certain time each day?

A: All lessons for PILA students are asynchronous and can be accessed at any time according to your child's schedule. However, students should plan on being online and working every school day.

Q: What does a sample day look like?

A: The amount of time that a student spends on any particular subject will vary from student to student and grade level to grade level. A sample schedule for each grade band is shared below.

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