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Happy New Year!  We hope all of our students had a wonderful break, and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Wednesday, January 5th to start the second semester of the 21-22 school year.

 

As many employees started back to school today, we want you to know that all Walton County school principals and administrators met first thing this morning to discuss the rise in COVID cases and how each school can best prepare for the return of students.

 

Walton County Schools will continue current mitigation practices, which are listed in detail below.  Please know that we are prepared, and schools have the supplies they need.  All schools have cleaning materials, including hand sanitizer, and all schools have access to masks, if any student and/or adult wants one.  Schools will continue to use the Florida Department of Education’s Decision Tree (listed on our district website) when conducting contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases and/or exposure.  Please note the most important mitigation strategy listed below - #1 – If a person is sick, they should stay home.

 

Please know the Walton County School District is being proactive when it comes to the pandemic, as we do with all safety measures.  If parents or students have any concerns or questions, please feel free to text us at 850.204.9667 or email at [email protected].  Until then, we look “4rwd” to seeing everyone back!  #EPIC 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.

ECTC is opening at the Magnet Information Center @ Watersound on January 10, 2022. To kick off our new program, we are offering full scholarships to all Walton County School District employees and their adult children - if registered for the program by January 12th. All of your tuition will be paid. (There is a $75.00 professional fee that pays for your documentation completion and we must have a copy of your high school transcript). This beginning course will allow you the building blocks to go into a more detailed IT program or just get your feet wet and earn 4 college credits. If you are interested, we do have 4 other IT courses that you will be able to take after this one is completed. ECTC opens on January 3, 2022 at the DeFuniak Springs Campus where we will be here and ready to enroll you!

 

Mossy Head Mustang Ready

December 21, 2021

We are Mossy Head Mustang Ready for the Christmas Holiday Break!  Grinches and Table Plates prepared, designed and decorated by students who are excited for the last days of school leading up to this well needed break.  Thanks, teachers for making school a great place to learn about life, giving and the value of thinking of others; EPIC 4wRd!!!!!

COVID Update December 16, 2021

December 16, 2021

COVID Update December 16, 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 are happy to report yesterday’s single day data at 0%.  As we continue our mitigation strategies below, we want to thank all of our stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and our school board – for working together to keep our schools safe. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data

(12/16/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 12/16/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0%

*790

6.08%

Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0%

1566

12.05%

Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees

 

2

0.01%

678

5.21%

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

1

 

20

 

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. 

 

No Break until the last minute, last class on the last day for students at ECTC.  Every second/minute matters when it comes to learning and meeting the required seat or skill time.  The Automotive Department has just been ranked Number 1 in the state and that fits right in with High Stakes Testing and Performance of the other programs at the school like; IT and Building Construction in which the Superintendent stopped on an unannounced visit!  Thanks Ms. Harrison, Mr. Martin and Mr. Price for taking the time in this busy portion of the year to share!  Thanks, Mrs. Jones for welcoming a potential new family with new aspirations of being a part to ECTC & the WCSD.  EPIC 4wRd and AWAY!!!!!

Principal Cindy Neale, the Leaders, Teachers and Staff at Maude Saunders Elementary School getting students in the Holiday Spirit with Holiday Head Wear!  The students were excited to see leaders in such fashion have a wonderful week!

COVID Update December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

COVID Update December 10, 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 are happy to report yesterday’s single day data at 0%.  As we continue our mitigation strategies below, we want to thank all of our stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and our school board – for working together to keep our schools safe. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data

(12/9/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 12/9/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0%

*789

6.07%

Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0%

1566

12.05%

Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0%

675

5.19%

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

0

 

20

 

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. 

 

A Full-Service School District

December 10, 2021

No way to a price on the immeasurable hands in our community that help the Walton County School district be what it needs to be for Children; we sometimes refer to this type of wholistic compassionate care and passion as “A Full-Service School District”!  As the Superintendent stopped by WHS this morning, Food for Thought was making deliveries as they have done for years and thousands of children in Walton County and the surrounding areas.  Mr. and Mrs. Walcutt along with Emerson made sure every child was going to have a healthy, fulfilling weekend!  Thanks, Food for Thought for loving, serving, and feeding our children.  Shout out to the ELA Department for stopping and sharing with Superintendent Hughes the great things that are happening in ELA and the Reading Department at WHS!