Spessard Holland Elementary Closed After Multiple Positive COVID Cases

POLK COUNTY, FL – Spessard Holland Elementary school will remain closed for a deep cleaning after multiple positive cases of COVID-19.

A statement on the school’s website says, “In an abundance of caution, Spessard Holland Elementary will be closed until Monday, Aug. 9 due to multiple positive cases of COVID-19 impacting the school.”

A source told The Free Press that the outbreak was due to “group planning sessions.”

“In an abundance of caution, Spessard Holland Elementary will be closed until Monday, Aug. 9 due to multiple positive cases of COVID-19 impacting the school

Polk County Public Schools is working closely with the Florida Department of Health the school said.

Spessard Holland will undergo a deep cleaning to make sure it is safe for the start of school on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

“We will conduct a virtual orientation on Friday, Aug. 6. Our teachers will send out a Zoom link on ClassDojo. Anyone who is not able to attend the virtual orientation will be able to watch a recording at a later time,” said the statement.

“We appreciate your patience as we work to make sure our campus is safe for the upcoming school year,” the statement concluded.

The Florida Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccines to those wanting one from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Mondays – Lakeland Health Department, 3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland;
  • Wednesdays – Auburndale Testing location, 245 E. Lake Ave. in Auburndale;
  • Fridays – Haines City Health Department, 1700 Baker Ave. E. in Haines City.

The Florida Department of Health in Polk will offer the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

No appointment is necessary, however, if individuals wish to make an appointment, they may contact the DOH Polk Information Center at (863) 519-7911.

Vaccine is also available at 54 locations in Polk County, through both federal and state programs. Below is a list of federal programs and local partners:

  • Lakeland Regional Health – https://www.mylrh.org/vaccineform or call (863) 904-1895;
  • Winter Haven Hospital;
  • Watson Clinic, Bond Clinic, Gessler Clinic, Ridge Medical Group and Health Medical Ultra;
  • Retail pharmacies – Walmart, Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Quick & Save, Ariana Pharmacy, Cleveland Heights Pharmacy, Family Discount Pharmacy, Polk Community Pharmacy, Broadway Pharmacy, Noble Pharmacy and Medoz Pharmacy.

In addition to DOH-Polk and Lakeland Regional Health’s vaccine availability, COVID-19 vaccine is also becoming more widely available through local pharmacies and private providers. Individuals are encouraged to visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccine locator to find vaccine availability nearest them. This can be found by visiting http://www.floridahealth.gov/ and clicking the Vaccine Site Locator map located on the home page.

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