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COVID-19 Update March 31, 2020

We have just received official word from the Florida Department of Education regarding school campus closures. The 3/31/20 press release states:

"Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures through May 1, 2020. This recommendation follows President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th."

Parents, please know that we always want to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, which is why we waited until FDOE’s official press release. Based on the information above, Walton County School District will continue our At-Home Education Plan and school campuses will remain closed to students through May 1st.

Please be sure you have visited your child’s school website to receive this week’s school-based At-Home Learning calendar. The calendar will provide a list of resources for core subject areas. For specific questions about curriculum, instruction, and/or technology, please refer to your child’s teachers and/or your school. The district is continuing to work with the Florida Department of Education regarding attendance and grades, and updates will be provided soon.

Please remember that you can submit a question online to your school or school district by using the “Contact Us” tab on our websites. We are also available during regular school hours by phone. Again, thanks to everyone for being patient and understanding during this trying time.

 

COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

We hope you can watch our newly released video message.  Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, along with his district office staff, would like to dedicate this message to all Walton County School District students, parents, and employees.  The video serves as a special thank you to parents, who are the rock stars of our first ever At-Home Learning model.  We could not have done this week without you, and we appreciate you!  We also miss our students and employees dearly and all of you are in our hearts and minds as we navigate these uncharted waters TOGETHER.

Before we get to academics, we must give a big thank you to our extraordinary bus drivers and food service workers.  Because of you, along with district and school teams, the WCSD is feeding approximately 1,500 children, a total of 3,000 meals, on a daily basis.  Due to this response, we will continue to provide meals for children ages 1 to 18 at our five school sites and on bus routes throughout Walton County.  We also want to thank our partners, the Florida Department of Agriculture, Food for Thought, The Matrix, and numerous restaurants and organizations throughout Walton County. 

We do have two changes that are coming Monday, March 30th in regards to food distribution.  First, food pick up at our five sites (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School) will now be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Also, there has been small changes to our bus routes, which were posted yesterday.  These changes include lengthening stop times and adding additional stops. 

Looking at academics, we want to thank and recognize our parents who have started WCSD’s At-Home Learning plan.  We have heard from so many of you, and we appreciate your dedication to your children and your positive attitudes.  We can see our students logging on daily to Class Link and their success in our many online platforms, such as Compass Learning, Study Island, Khan Academy, and more, which we are now so grateful to have had in place. 

As we are transferring instruction back to schools, please visit your school’s website.  Each individual campus will post their own At-Home Learning Calendar for the week of March 30th.  Many of the schools’ plans may mirror our initial At-Home Learning Calendar as we are using parents’ feedback from this week.  Many of you have said you appreciate straight forward and clear directions as you embark on this new journey. 

Parents, we have mailed report cards home, so you can view your child’s grades for the third nine weeks, which reflects work prior to Spring Break.  Please expect report cards on Monday.  Teachers will also begin to reach out to you regarding how we will capture your child’s work during our At Home Learning model.

We also want to welcome back our teachers and staff at schools next week; however, as we continue to keep our employees safe, we may work in a variety of different settings and times in order to follow CDC guidelines.  Parents, as teachers return, you will start to see them reach out to you via phone or other technology.  When we reach out, please let us know any individual questions or concerns you may have.  This can include technology help, curriculum clarifications, and content questions.  Your school’s administration will also be available as school offices will be open Monday through Friday during your school’s typical hours.  Please contact your individual school for questions and concerns.  You can also submit a question via any school or district webpage.  We are here to help you and your child!

As a final note, we just want to say thank you again to students, parents, employees, and the entire Walton County community.  We have received well wishes and positive messages from so many groups and individuals, and it is appreciated more than you know.  We are so blessed to be a part of such a strong community that values education!  Please continue to stay safe, and thank you!

Link to Superintendent Hughes' Message to Students, Families and Teachers! 

 

 

Please see our revised bus route list for food distribution and Paper Portfolios.  Many bus stops have remained the same; however, some times have been changed and a few new stops have been added.  These changes take place Friday, March 27th.  We continue to work to make our food distribution routes as smooth as possible.  Thank you!

Actualización de COVID-19 - 26 de marzo de 2020

Consulte nuestra nueva ruta de autobuses para la distribución de alimentos y las carpetas con materiales. Muchas paradas de autobús han permanecido igual; sin embargo, algunas se han cambiado y se han agregado algunas paradas nuevas. Estos cambios ocurrirán el viernes 27 de marzo. Continuamos trabajando para que nuestras rutas de distribución de alimentos sean lo más fluidas posible. ¡Gracias!

You can access a printable copy of the schedule by clicking here

Covid 19 Bus schedule update

Covid 19 Bus schedule update

 

With schools being closed in the following weeks, today, some of our teachers decided to drive around the community in a long caravan to see their students. The teachers traveled 90+ miles to wave and honk their horns at students and their families in the Paxton community, Flowersview, New Harmony, Gaskin, and Darlington. They saw many smiling faces along the way and a few signs expressing love and appreciation. The caravan was the teachers' way of showing the students they were missed during this time when social distancing is crucial. On behalf of Paxton teachers and staff: Students, we love and miss you. We will see you soon.

Paxton Teachers Caravan to greet students

Due to the recent COVID-19 health concerns, all Florida Schools are closed until April 15, 2020. The Walton County School District will make every effort to ensure that our students' educational opportunities continue while at home. 

In this video, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes introduces our new model of instruction beginning March 23, 2020. The Instructional Continuity Plan addresses how content will be delivered to students throughout the district.

You can access more information about our Instructional Continuity Plan at our website: https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/ /at-home-learning-support-covid-19

The WCSD has produced two items for you, a food distribution flyer and food distribution via bus route information. As a reminder, food distribution will begin on Monday, March 23rd at five school sites, and on Wednesday, March 25th, food distribution will also occur using common bus stops as well. Thank you for sharing our flyer!

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COVID-19 - 20 de marzo

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Walton ha producido dos nuevos materiales para usted, un folleto de distribución de alimentos y distribución de alimentos a través de la ruta del autobús. Como recordatorio, la distribución de alimentos comenzará el lunes 23 de marzo en cinco sitios escolares, y el miércoles 25 de marzo, la distribución de alimentos también se realizará mediante paradas de autobús.
¡Gracias por compartir nuestro folleto!
Walton County School District, Florida

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Click here for a copy of the  Food Distribution Flyer

Click for copy of the updated Food Distribution Bus Stops (as of 3.26.20)

updated bus schedule page 1

updated bus stops page 2

COVID-19 Update

We have several updates for you today.  Please see information below regarding food distribution and student medication pick up that will start Monday, March 23.  Educational updates will roll out this weekend along with a video message from Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.

Food Service

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, five school sites will begin to provide food for children ages 1 to 18.

              * Paxton

              * Mossy Head School

              * Maude Saunders Elementary

              * Walton Middle School

              * Freeport High School

 

These five sites will provide a grab and go meal in the school’s car rider line.  You do not have to live in the school zone to receive food at the above sites.  If possible, if your school is not a site, please visit the site nearest to you.  For example, if your child attends Dune Lakes Elementary, a non-distribution site, you may pick up a meal at Freeport High School, a distribution site.  Children must be present in the car to receive a free meal.

 

School sites haven been chosen based on specific criteria as put forth by the Florida Department of Agriculture.  We may open additional sites as we can.

The schedule for food pick up at the five sites above are as follows:

* Monday, March 23 from 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided

* Tuesday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

* Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

* Thursday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

* Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

 

Starting Wednesday, March 25th, food distribution will also begin via bus transportation.  Over 95 bus stops will be put into place throughout the Walton County School District from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and look similar to our summer routes.  Buses will spend 10 minutes at each stop for parents to receive breakfast and lunch at the bus stop instead of visiting school sites.  School sites will also remain open as well.  More information about your area’s routes are to come.

As we provide meals, please know that we are taking health and safety protocols seriously.  All individuals preparing and delivering meals will follow CDC guidelines.

 

Medication

If your child has medication at school that you need at home, you can pick up medication from the school’s nurse starting Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Medication will only be released to a student’s parent. 

All school campuses will be staffed with a small team on Monday, March 23.  Parents may enter the school office based on CDC guidelines regarding gatherings of 10 people or less.  If you are sick, please call your school instead of visiting. 

The Walton County School District does have an online system to answer any of your COVID-19/School Closure related questions.  Please click on the “Contact Us” tab on the right side of our website to submit a question or concern.  District staff is available to answer questions over Spring Break.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this time of uncertainty.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience.

 

COVID-19 Update 3/18/20

March 18, 2020

Please know that we are working on many topics that pertain to our students and employees over our Spring Break, especially as we continue to receive guidance from the Florida Department of Education regarding our school closure until April 15. 

 

The following are updates for parents and students:

* We recognize the importance of being able to reach out to your individual school and hearing answers from a voice you know.  Starting Monday, March 23, your school’s administration will be at work and able to answer your school specific questions via phone and email. 

* Food Service is preparing food distribution for students that will start Monday, March 23.  Locations and times will be announced by Friday.

* If your child has medication at school that you need at home, we will be arranging medication pick up starting Monday, March 23.  Times will be announced by Friday.

* The Walton County School District is working on continuity plans where education to students may be delivered in new and innovative ways, including virtually.  We have great day-to-day plans for our students that include all core subject areas and guidance for parents.  We also will have contact information for curriculum experts that will be available to assist students and parents.  Walton’s continuity plan will be released in a video message by Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.  Please look for the video on our website by Sunday.

* Governor DeSantis has waived state testing and school accountability grades for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.  Student grades and other data points specific to students will be determined in the coming days as school districts continue to receive guidance from the Florida Department of Education. 

* The Walton County School District does have an online system to answer any of your COVID-19/School Closure related questions.  Please click on the “Contact Us” tab on the right side of our website to submit a question or concern.  District staff is available to answer questions over Spring Break.

 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this time of uncertainty.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience.