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The March 2020 Monthly Update from Superintendent A. Russell Hughes is here!

This month's video was filmed at the District Office Tivoli Complex in DeFuniak Springs. Superintendent Hughes shares important end of the 9 weeks information, as well as Kindergarten registration, Arts in Education Month, Women in History Month, and accolades for recently received awards and successes,
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COVID-19 Update

March 5, 2020

 


March 10, 2020 Update:

The Walton County School District continues to stay abreast of health and safety advisories concerning COVID-19. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and staff are talking with health experts and authorities and monitoring news throughout the day, including information from the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The WCSD remains committed to the health and safety of our students and employees. Schools and buses are continuing extra rounds of sanitation, and all campuses are continuing to promote positive health precautions, such as hand washing and staying home if sick. Please check back as we continue to make preparations to keep our children safe.


March 4, 2020 Update:

The Walton County School Board continues to be proactive in the prevention of COVID-19.

On Tuesday night, Ms. Holt, from the Florida Department of Health in Walton County, presented the latest information regarding the virus and provided guidance on best school health practices. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shared that the school district will continue to take precautionary measures including sanitizing schools and buses, ordering additional cleaning supplies, and posting updates for parents on social media.
The district also shared that state and community collaboration is taking place on a daily basis. Just this morning, Superintendent Hughes participated in a statewide conference call that included Florida Governor DeSantis, the Florida Surgeon General, and Florida Department of Education officials.
Communication will continue on a regular basis with the Florida Department of Health in Walton County.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please call the Florida hotline at 866-779-6121

March 2, 2020 Update: 

The Walton County School District is staying up-to-date on COVID-19 through consistent communication with the Florida Department of Education and the Walton County Health Department. The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority. As always during the flu season, our schools are working hard to keep all school surfaces and furniture clean and sanitary, but we have extended our efforts in order to be as proactive as possible for our students and employees.

All of us can also help prevent the spread of germs. Reminders can include:

* Wash hands often with soap and water

* Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available

* Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes

* Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth

* Stay home if you are sick

The number and websites below provide additional information:

* State Hotline for Florida - 866-779-6121
* Florida Department of Health - floridahealth.gov
* Walton Department of Health - walton.floridahealth.gov
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Walton County teachers are preparing for the future as part of PAEC’s computer science boot camp! This grant supported FDOE program allowed these educators to learn the skills needed to successfully certify in K-12 computer science.

 

Yesterday, students and faculty crowded around the school drive to send off the Bobcats basketball team as they headed to the state tournament. We cannot wait to watch them bring their best on the court. Good luck, Bobcats!

Bobcats to State

Cooking with Dr. Seuss!

March 3, 2020

Mossy Head School Cafeteria Staff and Food Services celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day with a special Seuss inspired menu and Cat in the Hat hats. 
MHS Seuss Day
MHS Seuss Day
Ms. McMillan's 7th grade technology students have been learning a lot about programming, recently. In their class, where they are in the ICT Essentials program, students are learning about the skills needed to edit existing algorithms and create their own. To put these ideas in a new perspective for the students, the class was assigned an activity in which they used block segments to create their own small obstacle course for a LEGO figure to go through. The students had to plan and write out an algorithm that others could follow in order to complete the obstacle course (using phrases like move forward, jump up, etc.). The students did an excellent job with this activity, using their creativity and problem-solving skills.

The Walton County School District is staying up-to-date on COVID-19 through consistent communication with the Florida Department of Education and the Walton County Health Department. The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority. As always during the flu season, our schools are working hard to keep all school surfaces and furniture clean and sanitary, but we have extended our efforts in order to be as proactive as possible for our students and employees.

All of us can also help prevent the spread of germs. Reminders can include:

* Wash hands often with soap and water

* Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available

* Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes

* Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth

* Stay home if you are sick

The number and websites below provide additional information:

* State Hotline for Florida - 866-779-6121

* Florida Department of Health - floridahealth.gov

* Walton Department of Health - walton.floridahealth.gov

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Walton County School District attended the 2020 Gulf Power Symposium. The Symposium included topics about Futuristic Thinking, the importance of partnering from without and within our organizations, Northwest Florida’s economic forecast, planning for our military installations and Diversity.
Pictured from left to right: Brooke Adam, Financial Aid Officer of Emerald Coast Technical College (ECTC), Wyndy Crozier, Director/Principal of ECTC, Honorable John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Innovation, Environment and Energy, Michelle Doggett, Facilities Planner, Jill Smith, Director of Facilities and Jeff Infinger, Coordinator of Facilities and Maintenance.