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A few pictures to show you what EPIC looks like to prepare and distribute 25,490 meals to 2,600 students and families in 4 hours in Walton County. There are many additional Super Heroes NOT pictured, as this was merely 3 distribution sites. Our dedicated bus drivers remain consistent and vigilant in making this happen in communities.

“Although these are difficult and unprecedented times I remain ONE PROUD Superintendent of Schools!” A. Russell Hughes:

It truly is EPIC3 to see our employees make this happen!

Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20

COVID-19 Update April 13, 2020

 On Tuesday, April 7th, the Walton County School District was able to feed over 2,500 students a total of eight meals (four breakfasts and four lunches) for a grand total of over 10,500 meals.  This was a 37% increase from our daily distribution plan.

 We want to thank everyone who made our first weekly food distribution possible!  Thank you to our food service workers, bus drivers, custodians and plant managers, guardians, nurses, and school teams.  We also want to thank all of the departments, such as our Facility Department, who sent teams to help prepare meals.  It was a true team effort, and we appreciate all who contributed!

 Parents, because of the success of Tuesday’s weekly distribution, we will continue this model as planned.  

Upcoming dates for food will be April 14th, 21st, and 28th.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, we have continued to make small adjustments to our transportation routes.  Please see the attached stops.  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please continue to call or submit online questions to your child’s school if you need information about food, technology help, computer devices, paper portfolios, and more.  We are here to help and continuing your child’s education is important to us!

 Revised Bus Stops for April 14, 21, and 28

Grab and Go Meal Program

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has streamlined food distribution to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and to also help you maximize your resources (gas, costs, and time).  Our revised plan will focus on a single week day distribution- Tuesdays.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, transportation routes will adjust slightly due to the larger distributions (please see our website).  Our revised plan will begin April 7th and run every Tuesday for the month of April (April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th).  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will stay open longer – from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – to accommodate the larger amounts of food being disbursed. 

Grab and Go Meal Plan flyer

You can access the updated Food Distribution Bus Schedule (4.2.20) here

Parents, we want to ease your mind regarding food.  Governor DeSantis issued a new executive order which defines essential services during our COVID-19 Emergency.  One of those essential services is food distribution in which the Walton County School District is providing for our community during this pandemic. 

 

Food distribution will continue as scheduled today, Friday, and Monday (April 6th).  Beginning, Tuesday, April 7th, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has streamlined food distribution to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and to also help you maximize your resources (gas costs and time).  Our revised plan will focus on a single week day distribution - Tuesdays.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, transportation routes will adjust slightly due to the larger distributions (please see the attached list).  Our revised plan will begin April 7th and run every Tuesday for the month of April (April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th).  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will stay open longer - from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - to accommodate the larger amounts of food being disbursed. 

 

In addition to providing food, education is also an essential service and K-12 schools in Florida will continue to facilitate distance learning.  Walton County Schools will continue to provide virtual education for your children through the At-Home Learning Calendars provided on your school’s website.    Although our school campuses will minimize interactions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, our school leaders, teachers, and other support staff are essential workers and are able to be a resource for you and your family.  Please continue to call or submit online questions to your child’s school if you need information about food, technology help, computer devices, paper portfolios, and more.  We are here to help and continuing your child’s education is important to us!

Click here for Revised Food Distribution Bus Stop Schedule

Click here for Grab and Go Meal Plan Update beginning April 7, 2020

Actualización de COVID-19, 2 de abril del 2020

Padres, queremos que permanezcan tranquilos con respecto a la comida. El gobernador DeSantis emitió una nueva orden ejecutiva que define los servicios esenciales durante nuestra emergencia de COVID-19. 
Uno de esos servicios esenciales es la distribución de alimentos tal cual el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Walton está proporcionando a nuestra comunidad durante esta pandemia.

La distribución de alimentos continuará según lo programado hoy jueves, viernes y lunes (6 de abril). A partir del martes 7 de abril, el Superintendente A. Russell Hughes ha simplificado la distribución de alimentos para minimizar la exposición al COVID-19 y también para ayudar a maximizar sus recursos (costos de gasolina y tiempo). Nuestro plan actualizado se concentrará en una única distribución los días martes. Los martes, los padres recibirán 10 comidas por niño (cinco desayunos y cinco almuerzos). Nuestros cinco lugares de distribución de alimentos seguirán siendo los mismos (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle y Freeport High School); sin embargo, las rutas de transporte se modificarán basado en los lugares de distribución más grandes (consulte la lista adjunta). Nuestro plan actualizado comenzará el día 7 de abril y se realizara todos los martes durante el mes de abril (7, 14, 21 y 28 de abril). Los martes, los lugares de distribución de alimentos permanecerán abiertos más tiempo, de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. - para acomodar las grandes cantidades de alimentos que se entregaran.

Además de proporcionar alimentos, la educación también es un servicio esencial y las escuelas K-12 en la Florida continuarán facilitando el aprendizaje a distancia. Las Escuelas del Condado de Walton continuarán brindando educación virtual a sus hijos/as a través de los calendarios de aprendizaje en el hogar que se proporcionan en la página Internet de su escuela. Aunque nuestros edificios escolares minimizarán las interacciones para frenar la propagación de COVID-19, nuestros líderes escolares, maestros y otro personal de apoyo son trabajadores esenciales y pueden ser un recurso para usted y su familia. Continúe llamando o envíe preguntas por internet a la escuela de su hijo/a si necesita información sobre alimentos, ayuda tecnológica, dispositivos informáticos, carpetas de papel y más.

¡Estamos aquí para ayudar y continuar con la educación de su hijo/a que es importante para nosotros!

Horario actualizado de autobuses de distribución de alimentos - 2 de abril de 2020, ver lista adjunta.

Translation courtesy of Maria Florencia Branagan. Van R. Butler Elementary School. 

Mr. Varnum, Mr. Parker and Mr. Snell provided educational support to families by conducting home visits. Each professional adhered to CDC guidelines, yet a smile from a friendly face can be seen from miles away.
 
Meanwhile, at WISE Center Programs Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. McBroom are handing out needed school supplies to Pre-K students and parents in the parent pick up line. Students and teachers were happy to see each other again, even if just through the car window. Mr. Cotton is making sure that students have the technology they need to work from home by handing out Chromebooks and information. 
 
Thank you to these amazing educators and many others throughout the school district, you are our EPIC! 
In10Sity teachers  
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In10Sity teachers