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SWHS Students Learn CPR!

October 27, 2021

South Walton High School freshmen and juniors spent time with the Walton County Fire Rescue personnel learning CPR and First Aid training.

We cannot thank Sheriff Adkinson and Chief Radney enough for providing this service to our students.

Mix & Match Day at MSE!

October 26, 2021

Mix & Match Day at Maude Saunders today, but there is no “Mix Up” when it comes to teachers loving students, loving their jobs, and students loving the high standards learning that’s happening in every classroom at MSE!  Make NO “Mixtake’ on the awesomeness and EPIC 4wRd!

Students were on the move at West DeFuniak today.  Going to and from Music, Art, and PE from math, Science, and ELA moving 4wRd with academic excellence as usual.  When we say the “Whole Child” we mean it!  These babies love their school and their school loves these babies!

COVID Update October 22, 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

(10/21/21)

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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 10/21/21)

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

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0.000%

*761

5.854%

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

 

0

0.000%

1504

11.569%

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

 

0

0.000%

663

5.100%

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. 

Things are going “Beary” well today at VRB.  It is Pajama Day for Fun Run and the students and teachers are excited to make an impact.  Superintendent Hughes did drop off duty and stopped in to visit thirty-five year veteran teacher Ms. Wright along with other amazing teachers who love their work but like everyone else; Ready for the Weekend!  Go Bears!

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” This quote by Coretta Scott King could not be any more accurate for what Walton County FFA and 4H students experienced Thursday night at the Walton County Fair Livestock Auction. As witnessed in previous years, many participants, along with buyers, consistently return for the auction in hopes of an opportunity to purchase a hog from our Paxton students. Many have watched our students grow as children into young adults who thrive from the challenge of raising an animal, along with the responsibilities that it presents.  

If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting any of our FFA students, you will understand why a sense of community is achieved; students stepping in to fill a gap, taking over the community booth to meet and greet fair attendees, and making sure everyone had what they needed to be ready for the week of activities. While students are in the FFA program they are challenged to think outside of the box and solve real world problems that the agriculture industry presents. The FFA has much to offer to all students whether it is in the classroom, in an outdoor setting, or in the show ring. These children never meet a stranger and always rise above and beyond the expectations set for them. Thursday night was no exception to their excellence, and it was shown brightly throughout the crowd during the auction.   

Thursday night was a night that the spectators and students will remember for many years to come.  Not only did our loyal buyers from previous years return, but we met new friends and supporters who traveled from as far as Mississippi to provide assistance for our youth. While bidding, the crowd cheered as the amounts climbed higher and higher and old records were broken. Tears were shed by spectators and participants at the extent of support and love given throughout the night.  Our students could truly feel the affection and encouragement from the community, which fosters their love for community and our FFA organization. They learn many valuable lessons each year that they will be able to carry with them for a lifetime as they plan for their future and what it means to be a part of something bigger. On behalf of the Paxton FFA we would like to express how grateful we truly are for all the love and support shown by our community.  

COVID Update October 15, 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.

 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data

(10/14/21)

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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 10/14/21)

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

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

1

0.008%

*751

5.777%

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

 

10

0.077%

1475

11.346%

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

 

0

0.000%

660

5.077%

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.