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COVID Update March 4, 2022

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. 

 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data

(3/3/22)

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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 3/3/22)

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

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

0

0.000%

*1583

12.18%

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

 

0

0.000%

2376

18.28%

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

 

0

0.000%

958

7.37%

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

0

 

20

 

 

Last week the state announced a change pertaining to COVID-19 guidance affecting schools. In summary, the updated guidance recommends schools allow students who test positive for COVID-19 to return after only five (5) days, if they are fever-free for twenty-four (24) hours, without the need for additional testing. The recommendation also included for allowing those who do not test positive or develop symptoms to forego quarantine entirely.

Walton County School District will implement these recommendations beginning Monday, March 7th. Schools and parents/guardians commit to share responsibility of monitoring symptoms as needed to ensure the safety of students and staff.

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.
  1. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  2. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be completed daily.
  3. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc.).
  4. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities.

 

Visitors are currently allowed at school during the school day.

 

*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. 

 

The School Board honored the middle and high school students who represented the Walton County School District at All-State in January. Thomas Cook (Emerald Coast Middle School), a 7th grade trumpet player, earned first chair in the All-State Middle School Band. Josue Mendoza-Torres (Freeport High School), an 11th grade tuba player, earned second chair in the All-State High School Honor Band. Riley Hughson (Paxton School), a senior flute player, earned first chair in the All-State High School Honor Band. Noah Stayer (Walton Middle School), Emma Hudson (Walton Middle School), and Kinsley Craig (Walton Middle School) were selected to perform in the All-State Middle School Mixed Chorus. Anna Graham (Walton High School) and Dulce Lara (Walton High School) were selected to participate in the Florida Music Educators Student Leadership Experience.

 

Thank you to all of these students for representing the Walton County School District so well!

MSE Lego Team Competes!

March 3, 2022

MSE's 2nd and 3rd grade Lego teams had a blast at their FIRST Lego League Explore competition. Both teams received the Team poster trophy displaying their journey throughout the year as they completed the Cargo Connect challenge. Students researched the many ways cargo is transported all over the world, then created innovative models using Legos of cargo transporting machines, such as conveyor belt, trucks, cargo ships and many others. The team used the WeDo 2.0 computer program to program the cargo sorter. They represented MSE very well, as they nervously explained all of this to the judges. The teams received medals for participating in the a new FIRST Lego League Explore challenge piloted at the Doolittle Institute. They will continue the challenge throughout the rest of the year as they add sensors and more motors to their project. We are very proud of our Lego teams!

 

On Monday, February 28th, 16 members of the Walton High School BELLISSIMO Chorus sang for assessment at the annual District 1 Music Performance Assessment (MPA). The MPA is the Choral Music equivalent of the Florida Standards Assessment. The results given indicate if a chorus is daily meeting the Florida State Education Standards for Chorus 1, 2, and 3.
Walton High School can be proud that the four adjudicators rated the BELLISSIMO Chorus with 2 ‘Superior’ ratings and 2 ‘Excellent’ ratings. Congratulations to those hard-working students!
 

Max Brewster, Isaac Brinson, and Nicholas Lee, SWHS students are getting ready to go on the mat in Kissimmee, Florida to also compete for a Sate Championship in Wrestling.  Congratulations to Coach Nick and Coach Laxton for helping our student athletes compete at the highest level.  Of course, our Superintendent made his way to see our children.  Did you hear us say “The Whole Child”!!!!! EPIC4wRd!!!!!

During a quick break from Superintendent Hughes’ Walton Feeder Pattern Meeting, the Superintendent was able to observe SeaPerch in action at Walton Middle School.  The students were utilizing underwater robots to complete obstacles.  The students took a quick break to share their excitement and knowledge wit the Superintendent.  This is truly the definition of 4wRd thinking.  EPIC is the Walton County Way!!!!!  #EPIC 4wRd