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Our School Advisory Council (SAC) will meet on Thursday, May 21st at 3:15 pm via virtual meeting. All SAC members will receive an email with directions to join the meeting. If you would like to participate as a parent or community member, please contact the school at 850-892-1260 to receive instructions on how to join.

MSE Drive-Thru Student Recognition &  Awards Event

* Kindergarten-Tuesday, May 26th, 8:00-11:30

* First grade- Tuesday, May 26th, 12:00-3:00

* Second grade- Wednesday, May 27th, 8:00-11:30

* Third grade- Wednesday, May 27th, 12:00-3:00

* Fourth grade- Thursday, May 28th, 8:00-11:30

* Fifth grade- Thursday, May 28th, 12:00-3:00

Title I Parent Survey

April 28, 2020

As a Title 1 school, we are dedicated to using parent, guardian, and community input to make decisions. In addition to your participation on school committees, we rely on surveys to give you the opportunity to voice your ideas, concerns, and suggestions. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey regarding your satisfaction with Maude Saunders Elementary School. Your responses are anonymous and will be used to make decisions regarding your child's education. 

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Walton County School District
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program
Summer 2020 and School Year 2020-2021
Participating VPK locations:
Paxton School       (850) 892-1231
Freeport Elementary School     (850) 892-1211
Mossy Head School    (850) 892-1291
WISE Center – DeFuniak Springs      (850) 892-1111
Bay School- Santa Rosa Beach       (850) 622-5051


Please contact your home school to pre-register for Summer 2020 or School Year 2020-21.  You will be contacted to complete the registration process once CDC Social Distancing guidelines are lifted.


Program dates and hours are dependent upon options offered at your school choice.

Full-Day program for 1 semester – FREE – Fall or Spring for 6 1/2 hours per day.

  • Fall Semester – August 2020 to December 2020
  • Spring Semester – January 2021 to May 2021

Full-Year Half-Day program – FREE – for 3 1/4 hours per day

For full-year, half-day students, schools will be offering Extended Child Care Services for $60.00 per week per the Walton County School District Calendar. This program offers parents the free 3.25 hours of VPK and additional hours of paid child care services.

Parents will be notified of their child’s enrollment status following the registration interest period.


Must have the following documents to register:

  1. VPK Child Eligibility and Enrollment Certificate from the Early Learning Coalition – Apply at the following website:  Please allow up to 5 business days for application review/approval
  2. Original Birth Certificate (child’s birthday must be from 2/2/15 – 9/1/16)
  3. Florida School Ready Physical (less than 1 year of your child's school entry date)
  4. Current Florida Immunization Record on Form 680
  5. Proof of Florida Residency
  6. Parent/Guardian Photo ID
  7. Recommended – child’s Social Security card

 For more information, call (850) 622-5051

COVID-19 Update April 2, 2020


Parents, we want to ease your mind regarding food.  Governor DeSantis issued a new executive order which defines essential services during our COVID-19 Emergency.  One of those essential services is food distribution in which the Walton County School District is providing for our community during this pandemic. 


Food distribution will continue as scheduled today, Friday, and Monday (April 6th).  Beginning, Tuesday, April 7th, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has streamlined food distribution to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and to also help you maximize your resources (gas costs and time).  Our revised plan will focus on a single week day distribution - Tuesdays.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, transportation routes will adjust slightly due to the larger distributions (please see the attached list).  Our revised plan will begin April 7th and run every Tuesday for the month of April (April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th).  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will stay open longer - from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - to accommodate the larger amounts of food being disbursed. 


In addition to providing food, education is also an essential service and K-12 schools in Florida will continue to facilitate distance learning.  Walton County Schools will continue to provide virtual education for your children through the At-Home Learning Calendars provided on your school’s website.    Although our school campuses will minimize interactions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, our school leaders, teachers, and other support staff are essential workers and are able to be a resource for you and your family.  Please continue to call or submit online questions to your child’s school if you need information about food, technology help, computer devices, paper portfolios, and more.  We are here to help and continuing your child’s education is important to us!

Important Update-COVID-19

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update March 31st, 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.

New Important Information

March 29, 2020

We have added 2 new tabs at the top of our webpage; At Home Learning and COVID-19 Food Distribution.

Please visit these tabs for all the information, tutorials and student links related to our at home learning and for important up-to-date information on Food Distribution.

COVID-19 Update 3.27.20

March 27, 2020

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!