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Weather Update 9/16/20

Due to localized flooding and current road conditions, all Walton County schools will remain closed through tomorrow, Thursday, September 17th.  Closures include both students and employees.  Based on information from Emergency Management, rain is expected through tomorrow which may cause continued flooding, tropical storm force winds continue through today, and possible tornado threats may continue as well.  Please stay safe!

Freeport High School continues to stay open as a shelter.  Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information.  We will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts.  Continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information. 

Weather Update 9/15/20

Hurricane Sally’s track has continued to slow and move to the east. Due to that, all Walton County schools, including extracurricular activities, will remain closed through tomorrow, Wednesday September 16th.  Closures include both students and employees.  Based on information from Emergency Management, tropical storm winds and heavy rain will continue to impact Walton County today and Wednesday with potential of historic levels of flooding. 

Freeport High School is opening as a shelter today at 5:00 p.m.  Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information.  We will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts.  Stay safe, and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.  

Re-opening Update for Parents 8/28/20

 

We are excited to wrap up our second week of school!  The first ten days have been smooth and successful, and we want to thank everyone for being so supportive. 

 

This week, the Florida Department of Education with guidance from the Florida Department of Health released a Decision Tree regarding COVID-19.  The Decision Tree is a structured guide for COVID-19 related decisions.  The tree applies to all Walton County traditional students and employees.  The document includes situations regarding COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or if a person has close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test.  The Decision Tree is what we will follow district-wide in Walton and throughout the state of Florida.  The document works in conjunction with screening questions approved by the Department of Health, which were provided at the beginning of the school year, and remain on the safety page of our district website.

 

We have received several questions this week regarding if parents will be notified regarding COVID-19 exposure.  The short answer is ABSOLUTELY!  When a student or employee is exposed to COVID-19, we immediately begin contact tracing with the support of our health department.  If your child meets the definition of exposure (less than 6 feet of contact for 15 minutes or longer), then you will be notified.  If you hear a rumor of a positive case but you have not been notified, that could mean that your child was not exposed or there was not a case at all.  Know that you will hear from us!  We are working hard to balance contact tracing while maintaining student and employee confidentiality and transparency.  We take these tasks seriously, handle them professionally, and will continue to do so.

 

We would also like to remind parents that today is the tenth day of school and the last day to make enrollment changes.  According to the Student Progression Plan, 4.0.5 states that all class changes must be made within ten school days into a new semester.  9.0 for Walton Virtual School also references the ten school days, stating once a semester has begun and the regular drop period has passed (ten days), a student may not withdraw.  Due to this, if you have chosen traditional/Innovative Learning Digital Academy and/or Walton Virtual, it is best for your student to remain in one of these two choices for the remainder of the fall semester (until December 18th).

 

With two more weeks to go until progress reports, please make sure you are signed up on the FOCUS Parent Portal.  As a member of the Parent Portal, you can check your child’s grades, attendance, and more!  To register for a FOCUS Parent Portal account, select FOCUS Connection for Parents on the district website. Please reach out to your school if you need further assistance. 

 

As always, we would like all parents of our brick and mortar students to continue to reiterate the importance of social distancing and the wearing of masks, when social distancing is not feasible, with their children.  Students - keep up the good work!

 

As the weeks continue, please know we will continue to make the necessary adjustments and best decisions for our students.  We want to continue to build upon our success with transparency.  We want our re-opening to be a positive experience for our community.

Re-opening Update for Parents 8/21/20

 

We are excited to wrap up our first week of school!  We want to thank everyone for being so supportive of not just the start to the 2020-2021 school year, but to all the changes that have taken place due to COVID-19.  Everyone has been so gracious and positive this week.  Students are working hard, faculty and staff have been innovative and flexible, and our parents have been awesome partners on this new journey.  We are glad to be back!

 

Because we want to continue the success of our first week, we would like all parents of our brick and mortar students to continue to reiterate the importance of social distancing and the wearing of masks, when social distancing is not feasible, with their children.  We found that as the week progressed, many students started to feel comfortable and more at ease in their surroundings and that’s encouraging, but we do want to continue to remind students that social distancing and masks are best practice until the pandemic is over.  Students - keep up the good work!

 

Thanks to all of our distance learning and virtual students and families as well.  Thank you for being a great team player this week as we have collaborated with technology and other new procedures.  Please remember we have a page devoted to our Innovative Learning Digital Academy, as well as Walton Virtual School, on our website. 

 

As the weeks continue, please know we will continue to make the right adjustments and best decisions for our students.  We want to continue to build upon our success, and we want our re-opening to be a positive experience for our community! 

COVID-19 Daily Home Screening for Families

Walton County School District (Revised 8.7.20)

 

If yes is answered to any of the questions below, please keep your child home for the day.

Yes should be answered for any symptom that is newly developed and is not something experienced chronically/ seasonally.

 

  1. Is my child’s temperature 100.1°F or higher?
  2. Does my child have a sore throat?
  3. Does my child have a new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing?
  4. Does my child have diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain?
  5. Does my child have a new onset of a severe headache?
  6. Has my child had close contact (6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone with COVID-19 during the onset of symptoms?
  7. Has my child tested positive for COVID-19?

 

If yes is answered for #1-5, students can return when symptoms have improved after a 24-hour period, and child has been fever free without medication for 24 hours.  If yes is answered for #6-7, please contact your school to develop a plan for a possible 10-14 day quarantine.  If your child is absent from school, please remember to send in a parent or doctor’s note.

August 7, 2020

 

Re-opening Schools Update for Parents

 

We are now one week and one day away from re-opening our schools, and I wanted to update you on the key activities of the WCSD.

 

As employees returned to work, teachers and staff members were able to participate in a wide variety of trainings and meetings focused both on the re-opening of traditional school as well as our new Innovative Learning Digital Academy (ILDA) option. 

 

First, school principals kicked off the 2020-2021 school year at their respective schools.  Principals were able to share their school’s individual re-opening plans and procedures with staff, including schedules, lunch, special area, recess, arrival/dismissal, and more.  For questions and information that are school specific, please visit your school’s website for more information.

 

Second, the Curriculum and Instruction Department (C & I) provided numerous trainings for teachers and schools and continue to do so moving into next week.  Teachers are receiving advanced training from Microsoft on our ILDA platform, Microsoft TEAMS.  Teachers are also receiving training, have watched sample videos, and been able to troubleshoot the ILDA model.  C & I has created a new ILDA link on our website which includes frequently asked questions, video tutorials, and additional resources for parents and students.  C & I has also worked with special area teachers, such as art and music, to discuss specific safety protocols and procedures for art related topics, such as cleaning and sharing of materials.  C & I has also provided mental health trainings to better help staff support students when they return.

 

Third, the WCSD Safety Specialist was able to facilitate a training with school staff which included a presentation by Dr. Morell from the Florida Department of Health.  Dr. Morell specializes in communicable diseases and was able to provide both instructions on proper screening of employees and random screening of students as well as advisement on COVID-19 related concerns and questions.  Dr. Morell also spoke with all school nurses and was able to work through specific questions and sample scenarios that may occur within a school.  The WCSD has also posted the at home daily COVID-19 screener for parents of traditional students.

 

Finally, technology is preparing computers for ILDA and WVS school students as well as a new one-to-one initiative at our middle schools.  For students who are distance learning, schools will reach out to parents once computers are ready.

 

Thank you again for your support.   Please continue to check your school’s website for further information.  Many schools have provided written documents, videos, orientations, and/or live Q & A sessions to better help parents and prepare students for the August 17th return to school.

Orientation Information

July 29, 2020

Click below for information about orientation for the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes will hold a

live virtual town hall to discuss the WCSD Reopening

Plan with a live Q & A session.

Monday, July 13, 2020

6:00-7:15 p.m.

Click Here to Join

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