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In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We look forward to a time where these numbers read 0%, likewise is our wish for our county, state, and country. We are glad that we are able to navigate through this second year of COVID like we have with the mitigation strategies in place that allow students to be in school, employees at work, and families enjoying some sense of normalcy.

 

 

Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

 

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year.  

We look forward to a time where these numbers read 0%, likewise is our wish for our county, state, and country. We are glad that we are able to navigate through this second year of COVID like we have with the mitigation strategies in place that allow students to be in school, employees at work, and families enjoying some sense of normalcy.

Due to a decreased need in testing, Stone Clinical Laboratories will continue to provide accessible testing within Walton County, but this will now be done only at their Freeport location, Monday through Saturday, 8a to 5p. Results are provided within 24 hours of testing, and sometimes even same day results if tested before noon. Thank you to Stone Clinical Laboratories for continuing their 4wRd collaboration with the school district.

As a reminder, Walton County School District implemented a revised decision tree from the Florida Department of Education this week. This update provided the option following close contact to a positive case to either keep your child in school if they remain asymptomatic or quarantine your child for up to seven (7) days, no more than seven (7) days, since the date of exposure. Thank you for committing to share the responsibility with schools of monitoring symptoms as needed to ascertain the safety of students and staff.

Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home. 
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus. 
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 

COVID Update September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year.  

We look forward to a time where these numbers read 0%, likewise is our wish for our county, state, and country. We are glad that we are able to navigate through this second year of COVID like we have with the mitigation strategies in place that allow students to be in school, employees at work, and families enjoying some sense of normalcy.

This week the Florida Department of Education made a revision to their decision tree after the Florida Surgeon General announced a new emergency rule pertaining to COVID-19 student exposure. In summary, if you are made aware of your student having been in close contact to a positive case and your student is asymptomatic, you then have the option to keep your student in school if they remain asymptomatic or quarantine your student for up to seven (7) days, no more than seven (7) days, since the date of exposure. 

Walton County School District will implement this revised decision tree from the Florida Department of Education beginning Monday, September 27th. Upon parent/guardian choice following close contact to a positive case, schools and parents/guardians commit to share responsibility of monitoring symptoms as needed to ensure the safety of students and staff. 

Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home. 
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus. 
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining.  

 

Below is a link to the district post.

https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/news?ID=97A44A19-8D04-478F-8D05-AA2460897C34

Book Fair

September 23, 2021

We are busy setting up our book fair so that students can shop next week. Although parents and visitors are not able to shop in person, you can use the flyer that went home to help your child select items to buy or shop online by going to the following link:    Maude Saunders Elementary Book Fair

District Grade Remains an “A”
Walton County School District Remains an “A” During International Pandemic
September 21, 2021
The Florida Department of Education announced the release of the 2020-2021 data that
calculates school grades, district grades, and school improvement ratings. Florida has issued
school grades to its schools since 1999. School grades are calculated based on proficiency and
learning gains in core subject areas, such as reading and math, as well as additional
components, including graduation rate and college and career acceleration.
Walton County, as a district, once again scored an “A” rating, which it has been now since 2018.
This is the first time since grading began that this has occurred in three (3) consecutive grading
periods. According to the state’s data release, Walton ranks #5 of 67 districts in district school
grade calculation. The district improved by two (2) rankings from the 2018-2019 school year.
Superintendent A. Russell Hughes was elated upon hearing about the improvements in the
district. He stated, “This ‘A’ means so much because of the opt-in.” For the 2020-2021 school
year, districts and individual schools chose whether to opt-in in relation to receiving a district or
school grade. Some schools throughout the state were unable to opt-in because at least 90% of
students were not tested on state exams. Superintendent Hughes continued, “To know that we
not only held school, but did so at the highest levels with these results with 98% of our students
testing, I could not be prouder of our students, employees, and stakeholders! An ‘A’ in the
middle of an international pandemic says so much about your Walton County School District’s
commitment to ‘Hanging On & Gaining On’, just like we planned during unprecedented times.”
Much like the district, two (2) Walton County schools opted in for school grade calculation, as
well. West DeFuniak Elementary increased from a “B” to an “A”, and although Maude Saunders
Elementary remained a “C”, the school had the most growth of ANY school in the district, from
42 points to 53 points (54 points are needed for a “B”, so the school missed a “B” by just one
point). Additional schools maintained their school grade, but increased their points, such as
Mossy Head School, which moved from 62 to 70 points, remaining an “A”.
From either their opt-in school grade or their decision to maintain their 2018-2019 school
grade, the following are school grade results for Walton County. Ten (10) schools were
designated as an “A”: Mossy Head School, West DeFuniak Elementary, Dune Lakes Elementary,
Van R. Butler Elementary, Emerald Coast Middle, Freeport Middle, Walton Middle, Freeport
High, South Walton High School, and Walton High. Two (2) schools are designated as a “B”:
Freeport Elementary and Paxton School, and one (1) school, Maude Saunders Elementary, is
designated as a “C”. Walton Initiative for Success in Education (WISE) received a school rating
of “Maintaining” with an increase in learning gain calculation.
This is an astonishing reflection of extraordinary work done in classrooms during an
international pandemic where administrators, teachers, and students had to navigate COVID
protocols, to include fourteen (14) day quarantines at a minimum. REMEMBER, there were
scores of teachers and more than one thousand students that experienced interruptions of
attendance.
This further speaks to the exceptional work our teachers did with brand-new instructional
practices of asynchronous and synchronous learning, ILDA, and virtual instruction – just to
name a few – to foster these kinds of results is nothing less than incredible.
For the 2021-2022 school year, Walton County continues to move forward with the
Superintendent’s theme: EPIC 4wRd – Recalibrated, Refocused, Ready & Rocking! While we
are excited and celebrate these accolades, as always, we will continue to strive towards being
the number one school district in the state of Florida.
For more information on the Walton County School District, please visit
https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/. The reports and guides to school grade calculations can be

COVID Update September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year.  

We look forward to a time where these numbers read 0%, likewise is our wish for our county, state, and country. We are glad that we are able to navigate through this second year of COVID like we have with the mitigation strategies in place that allow students to be in school, employees at work, and families enjoying some sense of normalcy.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership in our efforts to help make COVID-19 testing more accessible to our students and employees, allowing students a speedy return if quarantined due to possible exposure and families immediate information and results.  Beginning immediately, COVID-19 testing will be offered through Stone Clinical Laboratories.  The tests are conducted by clinically trained personnel who are both vaccinated and tested on a weekly basis.  Those wanting testing need to pre-register at https://forms.office.com/r/RyAf0H6Yqr. Results are provided within 24 hours of testing. As always, we want children in safe schools and experiencing educational success – this new partnership ascertains this goal and our moving 4wRd!

Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home. 
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus. 
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining.  


The link below is to the district page post.

https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/news?ID=F075CEA1-29D1-4B79-AC14-A1E94271FF9F

Congratulations to our September  Kiwanis Student of the Month! Jon will represent Maude Saunders at the September Kiwanis Club meeting.  His teacher, Mrs. Kee, is proud of the way Jon exhibits respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness in the classroom.  Way to go, Jon!

Friday, September 24th is picture day at MSE!  We are using a new company this year.  A picture flyer will go home with your child about a week AFTER pictures are made.  You can choose the pose and background you want before placing your order. Make sure your child wears their best smile!