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Message from Mr. Ross

VRB Families,

I hope you all took an opportunity to enjoy our scheduled spring break with family and friends.  While many plans may have been altered, memories can be created by those you are with.  I've been fortunate to spend a week with my wife and kids on a daily basis.  It was a blessed week in which my daughter didn't have to ask me if I was going to work today. 

As our spring break winds down, we must now address our mandated school closure until April 15th and provide opportunities for our students to continue their mastery of state standards.  Superintendent Hughes, your district leadership team and your school-based administrators have worked tirelessly to provide an Instructional Continuity Plan that I've outlined below.  This program provides a platform for the students to continue the educational momentum they've created through the first eight months of school.  This program MUST be completed in order for your child to show mastery of the state standards.  While your teachers may provide additional enrichment opportunities, these are optional but supported in research to further enhance their learning ability.  While Governor DeSantis and Chancellor Corcoran cancelled state assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, they still expect our students to continue their mastery of state standards through alternative means.

I know everyone in our community has been affected by COVID-19 in their own way, and taking on the role of the teacher may bring about some questions.  Please know you are not alone in this journey.  Below you will find the contact information for our district curriculum specialist who are prepared to support your needs.  Additionally, your team at Van R. Butler is also here to answer any questions and provide additional supports for you and your children.

Van R. Bulter Elementary School's office will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Please contact us at 850-622-5041.  In order to meet CDC guidelines of social distancing, only one person will be permitted in our safe lobby entrance at one time.

If you are calling the district office for support, the contact number is 850-892-1100.  From there you can enter any of the phone extensions below.

I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these trying times.


Jimmy Ross


Instructional Continuity Plan


On rare occasions, it may be necessary to close a school(s) due to weather or other emergency situations. The Walton County School District will make every effort to ensure that our students' educational opportunities continue while at home. Throughout the years, the district has compiled a comprehensive collection of online content and digital resources. The Instructional Continuity Plan addresses how content will be delivered to students throughout the district. 

At Home Learning Letter to Families and Caregivers

District Contacts for Instructional Continuity Plan

Video Tutorials - Where Do I Start with At Home Learning

At Home Learning Calendar for the Week of March 23, 2020

ClassLink Access Information

Paper Portfolio Distribution

For those that do not have access to technology resources for the above Instructional Continuity Plan, paper portfolios will be availalbe for students to continue their educational opportunites and master the Florida Standards.  These portfolios will be made available at Van R. Butler Elementary beginning Wednesday, March 25th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Beginning Thursday, March 26th, these portfolios will also be availalbe with the food distribution bus stops.  

Food Distribution


If your child has medication at school that you need at home, you can pick up medication from the school’s nurse starting Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Medication will only be released to a student’s parent.