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School Closed 9/18/2020

September 17, 2020

Weather Update 9/17/20


Due to localized flooding and current road conditions, all Walton County schools will remain closed through tomorrow, Friday, September 18th. Closures include both students and employees. Games and other extracurricular activities may be adjusted, rescheduled, or orchestrated by school administrators and coaches based on facilities and families’ abilities to attend. Based on information from Emergency Management, 87 roads in Walton County are currently closed due to flooding. Please stay safe!


Freeport High School continues to stay open as a shelter. Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information. We will continue to monitor conditions with our local experts. Continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

School Closed 9/17/2020

September 16, 2020

Weather Update 9/16/20


Due to localized flooding and current road conditions, all Walton County schools will remain closed through tomorrow, Thursday, September 17th. Closures include both students and employees. Based on information from Emergency Management, rain is expected through tomorrow which may cause continued flooding, tropical storm force winds continue through today, and possible tornado threats may continue as well. Please stay safe!


Freeport High School continues to stay open as a shelter. Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information. We will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

School Closed 9/16/2020

September 15, 2020

Hurricane Sally’s track has continued to slow and move to the east. Due to that, all Walton County schools, including extracurricular activities, will remain closed through tomorrow, Wednesday September 16th. Closures include both students and employees. Based on information from Emergency Management, tropical storm winds and heavy rain will continue to impact Walton County today and Wednesday with potential of historic levels of flooding.

Freeport High School is opening as a shelter today at 5:00 p.m. Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information. We will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Stay safe, and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

School Closed 9/16/2020

September 15, 2020

Hurricane Sally’s track has continued to slow and move to the east. Due to that, all Walton County schools, including extracurricular activities, will remain closed through tomorrow, Wednesday September 16th. Closures include both students and employees. Based on information from Emergency Management, tropical storm winds and heavy rain will continue to impact Walton County today and Wednesday with potential of historic levels of flooding.

Freeport High School is opening as a shelter today at 5:00 p.m. Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information. We will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Stay safe, and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

School Closed 9/15/2020

September 14, 2020

Weather Update 9/14/20
Due to the track change and slowing of Hurricane Sally, the closure of all Walton County schools, including extracurricular activities, will be extended through tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15th. Closures include both students and employees. Based on information from Emergency Management, tropical storm wind speed is a 70% probability for the Walton County area this afternoon into Tuesday as well as a possible threat of tornados through tonight and tomorrow. The WCSD will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Stay safe and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee and information received from Emergency Management, Walton County is expected to receive wind gusts in excess of 40 mph and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Sally. Due to that, and in an abundance of caution, we are cancelling all Walton County Schools for tomorrow, Monday, September 14th, as we anticipate unsafe travel conditions, especially for our school busses.  Closures include both students and employees.  As always, safety is our number one priority.  We will continue to monitor the weather, and we encourage you to continue to check back on our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms.  

 

Below you will find the link to the post on the Walton County School District Webpage

https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/news?ID=80B48541-0A28-479D-8DDE-E9216E97B4DE

We are excited to wrap up our second week of school!  The first ten days have been smooth and successful, and we want to thank everyone for being so supportive. 

This week, the Florida Department of Education with guidance from the Florida Department of Health released a Decision Tree regarding COVID-19.  The Decision Tree is a structured guide for COVID-19 related decisions.  The tree applies to all Walton County traditional students and employees.  The document includes situations regarding COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or if a person has close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test.  The Decision Tree is what we will follow district-wide in Walton and throughout the state of Florida.  The document works in conjunction with screening questions approved by the Department of Health, which were provided at the beginning of the school year, and remain on the safety page of our district website.

We have received several questions this week regarding if parents will be notified regarding COVID-19 exposure.  The short answer is ABSOLUTELY!  When a student or employee is exposed to COVID-19, we immediately begin contact tracing with the support of our health department.  If your child meets the definition of exposure (less than 6 feet of contact for 15 minutes or longer), then you will be notified.  If you hear a rumor of a positive case but you have not been notified, that could mean that your child was not exposed or there was not a case at all.  Know that you will hear from us!  We are working hard to balance contact tracing while maintaining student and employee confidentiality and transparency.  We take these tasks seriously, handle them professionally, and will continue to do so.

We would also like to remind parents that today is the tenth day of school and the last day to make enrollment changes.  According to the Student Progression Plan, 4.0.5 states that all class changes must be made within ten school days into a new semester.  9.0 for Walton Virtual School also references the ten school days, stating once a semester has begun and the regular drop period has passed (ten days), a student may not withdraw.  Due to this, if you have chosen traditional/Innovative Learning Digital Academy and/or Walton Virtual, it is best for your student to remain in one of these two choices for the remainder of the fall semester (until December 18th).

With two more weeks to go until progress reports, please make sure you are signed up on the FOCUS Parent Portal.  As a member of the Parent Portal, you can check your child’s grades, attendance, and more!  To register for a FOCUS Parent Portal account, select FOCUS Connection for Parents on the district website. Please reach out to your school if you need further assistance. 

As always, we would like all parents of our brick and mortar students to continue to reiterate the importance of social distancing and the wearing of masks, when social distancing is not feasible, with their children.  Students - keep up the good work!

As the weeks continue, please know we will continue to make the necessary adjustments and best decisions for our students.  We want to continue to build upon our success with transparency.  We want our re-opening to be a positive experience for our community.

First Week of School

Our school year is off to a great start! These Little Warriors are all settled in and ready to learn.

August 22, 2020

       

      

Re-opening Update for Parents 8/21/20

 We are excited to wrap up our first week of school!  We want to thank everyone for being so supportive of not just the start to the 2020-2021 school year, but to all the changes that have taken place due to COVID-19.  Everyone has been so gracious and positive this week.  Students are working hard, faculty and staff have been innovative and flexible, and our parents have been awesome partners on this new journey.  We are glad to be back!

 Because we want to continue the success of our first week, we would like all parents of our brick and mortar students to continue to reiterate the importance of social distancing and the wearing of masks, when social distancing is not feasible, with their children.  We found that as the week progressed, many students started to feel comfortable and more at ease in their surroundings and that’s encouraging, but we do want to continue to remind students that social distancing and masks are best practice until the pandemic is over.  Students - keep up the good work!

 Thanks to all of our distance learning and virtual students and families as well.  Thank you for being a great team player this week as we have collaborated with technology and other new procedures.  Please remember we have a page devoted to our Innovative Learning Digital Academy, as well as Walton Virtual School, on our website. 

 As the weeks continue, please know we will continue to make the right adjustments and best decisions for our students.  We want to continue to build upon our success, and we want our re-opening to be a positive experience for our community! 

Early Release 8/28/2020

August 22, 2020

Friday, August 28th will be an early release day at Maude Saunders. Pick up and SPICE students will be dismissed at 11:35. Buses will release at 11:40. Students not going to their usual destination must have a signed note from parent. Please make sure your child's teacher is aware of any changes in transportation on this day.