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COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020


We hope you can watch our newly released video message.  Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, along with his district office staff, would like to dedicate this message to all Walton County School District students, parents, and employees.  The video serves as a special thank you to parents, who are the rock stars of our first ever At-Home Learning model.  We could not have done this week without you, and we appreciate you!  We also miss our students and employees dearly and all of you are in our hearts and minds as we navigate these uncharted waters TOGETHER.


Before we get to academics, we must give a big thank you to our extraordinary bus drivers and food service workers.  Because of you, along with district and school teams, the WCSD is feeding approximately 1,500 children, a total of 3,000 meals, on a daily basis.  Due to this response, we will continue to provide meals for children ages 1 to 18 at our five school sites and on bus routes throughout Walton County.  We also want to thank our partners, the Florida Department of Agriculture, Food for Thought, The Matrix, and numerous restaurants and organizations throughout Walton County. 


We do have two changes that are coming Monday, March 30th in regards to food distribution.  First, food pick up at our five sites (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School) will now be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Also, there has been small changes to our bus routes, which were posted yesterday.  These changes include lengthening stop times and adding additional stops. 


Looking at academics, we want to thank and recognize our parents who have started WCSD’s At-Home Learning plan.  We have heard from so many of you, and we appreciate your dedication to your children and your positive attitudes.  We can see our students logging on daily to Class Link and their success in our many online platforms, such as Compass Learning, Study Island, Khan Academy, and more, which we are now so grateful to have had in place. 


As we are transferring instruction back to schools, please visit your school’s website.  Each individual campus will post their own At-Home Learning Calendar for the week of March 30th.  Many of the schools’ plans may mirror our initial At-Home Learning Calendar as we are using parents’ feedback from this week.  Many of you have said you appreciate straight forward and clear directions as you embark on this new journey. 


Parents, we have mailed report cards home, so you can view your child’s grades for the third nine weeks, which reflects work prior to Spring Break.  Please expect report cards on Monday.  Teachers will also begin to reach out to you regarding how we will capture your child’s work during our At Home Learning model.


We also want to welcome back our teachers and staff at schools next week; however, as we continue to keep our employees safe, we may work in a variety of different settings and times in order to follow CDC guidelines.  Parents, as teachers return, you will start to see them reach out to you via phone or other technology.  When we reach out, please let us know any individual questions or concerns you may have.  This can include technology help, curriculum clarifications, and content questions.  Your school’s administration will also be available as school offices will be open Monday through Friday during your school’s typical hours.  Please contact your individual school for questions and concerns.  You can also submit a question via any school or district webpage.  We are here to help you and your child!


As a final note, we just want to say thank you again to students, parents, employees, and the entire Walton County community.  We have received well wishes and positive messages from so many groups and individuals, and it is appreciated more than you know.  We are so blessed to be a part of such a strong community that values education!  Please continue to stay safe, and thank you!

Superintendent Hughes shares a special message to congratulate the students, parents and families on a job well done so far with the Walton County School District distance learning plan, and welcomes our teachers back to their classrooms to begin the next phase of individual school based instruction.

COVID-19 Update March 26, 2020


Please see our revised bus routes in the "Related Files" section below for food distribution and Paper Portfolios.  Many bus stops have remained the same; however, some times have been changed and a few new stops have been added.  These changes take place Friday, March 27th.  We continue to work to make our food distribution routes as smooth as possible.  Thank you!

I am happy to announce that the VRB Website contains a page specifically designed to support the needs of our students and parents as we launch our At Home Learning Program beginning the week of March 23rd.  

You can access this page by selecting At Home Learning Support (COVID-19) at the top of the screen or selecting the link below.

Our page contains similar information to the WCSD At Home Learning Support page (link included below) but is tailored to our Van R. Butler community.

Both pages are great resources that provide letters to the community, learning calendars, how-to tutorials among many other items.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact our school Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or email me directly.

COVID-19 Update March 19, 2020

We have several updates for you today.  Please see information below regarding food distribution and student medication pick up that will start Monday, March 23.  Educational updates will roll out this weekend along with a video message from Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.

Food Service

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, five school sites will begin to provide food for children ages 1 to 18.

              * Paxton

              * Mossy Head School

              * Maude Saunders Elementary

              * Walton Middle School

              * Freeport High School

These five sites will provide a grab and go meal in the school’s car rider line.  You do not have to live in the school zone to receive food at the above sites.  If possible, if your school is not a site, please visit the site nearest to you.  For example, if your child attends Dune Lakes Elementary, a non-distribution site, you may pick up a meal at Freeport High School, a distribution site.  Children must be present in the car to receive a free meal.

School sites haven been chosen based on specific criteria as put forth by the Florida Department of Agriculture.  We may open additional sites as we can.

The schedule for food pick up at the five sites above are as follows:

* Monday, March 23 from 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided

* Tuesday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

* Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

* Thursday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

* Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast

Starting Wednesday, March 25th, food distribution will also begin via bus transportation.  Over 95 bus stops will be put into place throughout the Walton County School District from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and look similar to our summer routes.  Buses will spend 10 minutes at each stop for parents to receive breakfast and lunch at the bus stop instead of visiting school sites.  School sites will also remain open as well.  More information about your area’s routes are to come.

As we provide meals, please know that we are taking health and safety protocols seriously.  All individuals preparing and delivering meals will follow CDC guidelines.


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. 

All school campuses will be staffed with a small team on Monday, March 23.  Parents may enter the school office based on CDC guidelines regarding gatherings of 10 people or less.  If you are sick, please call your school instead of visiting. 

The Walton County School District does have an online system to answer any of your COVID-19/School Closure related questions.  Please click on the “Contact Us” tab on the right side of our website to submit a question or concern.  District staff is available to answer questions over Spring Break.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this time of uncertainty.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience.

COVID-19 Update March 18, 2020

Please know that we are working on many topics that pertain to our students and employees over our Spring Break, especially as we continue to receive guidance from the Florida Department of Education regarding our school closure until April 15. 


The following are updates for parents and students:

  • We recognize the importance of being able to reach out to your individual school and hearing answers from a voice you know.  Starting Monday, March 23, your school’s administration will be at work and able to answer your school specific questions via phone and email. 
  • Food Service is preparing food distribution for students that will start Monday, March 23.  Locations and times will be announced by Friday.
  • If your child has medication at school that you need at home, we will be arranging medication pick up starting Monday, March 23.  Times will be announced by Friday.
  • The Walton County School District is working on continuity plans where education to students may be delivered in new and innovative ways, including virtually.  We have great day-to-day plans for our students that include all core subject areas and guidance for parents.  We also will have contact information for curriculum experts that will be available to assist students and parents.  Walton’s continuity plan will be released in a video message by Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.  Please look for the video on our website by Sunday.
  • Governor DeSantis has waived state testing and school accountability grades for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.  Student grades and other data points specific to students will be determined in the coming days as school districts continue to receive guidance from the Florida Department of Education. 
  • The Walton County School District does have an online system to answer any of your COVID-19/School Closure related questions.  Please click on the “Contact Us” tab on the right side of our website to submit a question or concern.  District staff is available to answer questions over Spring Break.


Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this time of uncertainty.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience.

COVID-19 Update March 17, 2020

This afternoon, Governor DeSantis has announced and the Florida Department of Education has sent guidance for the closing of all K-12 public and private schools and career and technical centers in Florida through April 15, 2020.

Additional information has come with school closure guidelines:

    • State testing and school grades are being waived for the 19-20 school year.
    • Graduation, promotion requirements, and final course grades will be evaluated as though state assessments which were canceled did not exist.
    • Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships shall be based on available data.

Additionally, all SPICE programs will be closed beginning March 18th per Governor DeSantis.

We will continue to update you as we receive additional information.

Summer VPK Registration

March 16, 2020

Summer VPK registrations for the week of March 23- 27th are cancelled and will be re-scheduled. 


Registration dates for our 2020-21 VPK program are not cancelled at this time.  Please monitor our school district's webpage for updated VPK registration information.

COVID-19 Update 3/14/2020

Just an update to let you know we are continuing to think about our children. Even during this confusing time, our students are at the forefront of our mind. 

The Walton County School District is currently developing a plan to help feed students the week of March 23-27, our state mandated school closure.  We know families and  employees expected to be out March 16-20 for Spring Break and may be traveling safely to visit family and friends as anticipated. Therefore, we believe our students are in good hands with families this coming week. 

However,  beginning the week of March 23-27, the WCSD is working on a plan for food distribution and service because as always we are committed to the health and safety of our students. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes states, "We do not want any Walton County Student to go without food."

On Monday, March 23, the WCSD will provide one meal for students, lunch, and starting Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27, the WCSD will provide two meals a day, breakfast and lunch.  Time and locations are being determined, we will release more detailed information as soon as plans have been solidified.

We want to thank all of our partners in this endeavor. Robert Martin and Our Food Service Department  is currently collaborating with the Florida Department of Agriculture,  FLDOE, Food for Thought, local businesses, and more. 

Thank you,  Please continue to stay healthy and safe.

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