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Re-opening Update for Parents 4/12/21

As we approach the last seven weeks of school, many different events are quickly approaching. 

First and foremost, we begin state testing on Tuesday, April 13 for students in third through tenth grade.  Third grade will begin with tests in English and Language Arts, and fourth through tenth will begin with Writing.  We have worked with the Florida Department of Education for flexibility in our testing schedule.  This ensures that make up exams can take place if students must quarantine. 

Testing tips were recently shared in our Monthly Video Update.  As a reminder, we always encourage students to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before testing.  We wish all of our students the best of luck on their exams, which continue through the end of May.  For a full schedule of your child’s exams, please reach out to your individual school.

To continue in the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District would like to provide our updated COVID-19 data.

 

COVID-19 Statistics

Latest Data

(4/6/21)

 

Overall Data to Date

(8/17/20 – 4/6/21)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

1

500

Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

11

1001

Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure)

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

10

792

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

8

20

As expected, our schools did see an increase in COVID numbers after Spring Break, but we are happy to report that the numbers are currently decreasing similar to what we saw before break.  Thank you for all that you are doing at home to help keep everyone safe!

As we also prepare for end of the year activities, like prom and graduation, please know that all schools must develop COVID protocols for special events.  These protocols are much like what we have used all year, such as encouragement of masks and social distancing.  Safety remains our number one priority, and we intend to finish the year strong! 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns related to safety or COVID-19, please do not hesitate to ask! 

The Walton High School Braves Chorus participated in the Florida Vocal Association Music Performance Assessment on Wednesday, April 7.  Due to an abundance of caution, and following county along with state safety protocols, the Braves Chorus recorded 2 music selections with the help of WHS Media Specialist Jonathan Callahan.   Collaborative pianist was Mrs. Keitha Bledsoe (former Walton County School District Fine Arts Coordinator).   The recordings will be uploaded to a Florida Vocal Association website, where it will be viewed and adjudicated by 3 state-certified adjudicators.

The Braves Chorus is under the direction of Mrs. Michelle Tredway

Deputy Connor Gunn is teaching flag etiquette to our fifth graders. Each morning, 2 fifth graders meet him at the flagpole to put the flags up and again in the afternoon to take them down. Deputy Gunn also teaches the students a bit of flag trivia while they are at the flagpole. When our fifth graders leave elementary school, they will all know how to raise, lower, and handle the American flag respectfully.

Paxton FFA members attended the School Board meeting to learn how to conduct a meeting properly using parliamentary procedure. These students will be competing in the Leadership Development Event in the upcoming weeks. 

Students in South Walton High School’s Health Sciences Academy successfully completed coursework resulting in them becoming certified nursing assistants.  Students participated in 40 clinical hours where they were expected to perform as nursing assistants in a simulated environment, take and pass a written exam and perform live skills demonstrations.   Upon graduation or turning 18 they will be able to work in the medical

Students at Walton In”10”sity School of Excellence went on a private tour of FSU Panama City. Highlights included a presentation by admission counselor, classroom viewing, STEM lab, and new housing. Students came away with college readiness goals, contacts for future questions and a realization that opportunities are right around the corner. 

This afternoon, a Walton County School District school bus transporting the South Walton High School lacrosse team was involved in a two-car accident on Highway 331 between DeFuniak Springs and Freeport.  All students on the bus are safe and are being reunited with their families at the Walton County Fire Rescue’s Woodlawn Fire Station.