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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!

ECMS 2D artists used their talents to show appreciation to their school community by drawing portraits of every ECMS and some Walton County district staff members. Students were inspired by contemporary painter, Chuck Close, and his photorealism style. This unique approach combines grid-like pattern and color to create abstract portraits. Staff names were chosen at random and students used a photo for reference. It was a challenging task but especially daunting to draw a portrait of someone they see so often. This project was a process, but students remained positive and persevered. In the spirt of giving and thanks this holiday season, we hope you enjoy this Gallery of Gratitude presented by 7th and 8th Art grade students. Congratulations to our ECMS aspiring artists on their creativity and determination!

The “Whole Child” is our concern and during this Holiday Season our collaboration with the Walton Education Foundation, it’s team, partnership and Leadership of Lindsey Harp is what makes WCSD the greatest place in the world to live and be educated!  They dropped both educational and Super Kid Centered gifts for students at Dune Lakes Elementary School who are new to our Country and County!  When you hear that we are in “The Kid Business” we truly mean it, no matter their address, nationality, ethnicity, economic status or present state; We Are Here For Them!  EPIC 4wRd and a Huge shout out to our Education Foundation and many other partners that help us make this life worth living for our children!

Third grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary strengthened their literacy skills as they took a “trip” around the world learning about holidays in different cultures. Classrooms were transformed into different countries around the world with themed music, crafts, and reading activities to complete with parents. Students had to bring in their ticket to “board” the flight and received a passport to be stamped as they traveled to the different countries. Each 20-minute rotation focused on a different third grade reading skill. Also, first grade students and parents were invited to learn more about reading in first grade. The first grade teachers showed parents different resources, strategies, and learning games to help their child at home. These parent training nights are valuable as they help show parents how they can support their child at home. We are so thankful for the opportunity to offer these parent engagement activities.

WISE center agriculture program has begun their life cycle learning, utilizing chickens as their subject group. Pre-K students are given the opportunity to see the chickens and ask questions. We strive to blend all programs at the WISE center so that all students can benefit.

COVID Update December 3, 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


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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 12/2/21)

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

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






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






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






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure







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. 

Learning is no exception for WCSD Leadership to include the Superintendent and School board Members.  Superintendent Hughes, WCSB members Mrs. Kim Kirby and Mrs. Jeri Michie attended the Joint FSBA & FADSS leadership conference this past week where continued education, development, Governance, Legislative Laws and Rules were a few topics of discussion and training.  These board members worked all week with other boards, state leaders and educators to make sure we are doing what is needed to be done for our students as well as helping to assist other boards as they shared ideas of Success!  The entire WCSB was also recognized as one of the few Master Board Trained Teams in the state!  We are proud of our Board and their continued effort to stay in lock step with Best practices for students, teachers, staff and Community!  Thanks for your commitment to this Great Work WCSB!  EPIC 4wRd!!!

Paxton Aerospace Program

December 3, 2021

Paxton High School's Aerospace program sends a huge thank you to United States Air Force Colonel Tucker Hamilton.  

FMS Books of Art!

November 30, 2021

The Freeport Middle School Art Department took out of circulation books and gave them an artist's love, turning them into works of art.  After chunking the pages with glue, students covered their books, painted beautiful paintings in the pages, attached beads, ribbon, scrapbook paper, and made them their own masterpieces.  That is one way to create recycled art!  Way to go Bulldogs!!

Walton High’s biology students are currently learning about that special molecule that unifies all of life and at the same time makes all living things different - deoxyribonucleic acid, aka DNA! With a few simple steps, students can remove DNA from strawberries. Although a single strand of DNA is tiny enough to be packed inside of each cell and is invisible to the naked eye, when enough are gathered, it appears as a white precipitate in a layer of alcohol. Seeing is believing! Cheers to the molecule of heredity and those who determined its structure in 1953!