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Due to information from local experts on this afternoon’s severe weather, the Walton County School Board meeting originally scheduled for tonight at 5:00 p.m. has been cancelled.  More information will be provided at a later date if the meeting is to be rescheduled.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  Please stay safe and continue to monitor the weather.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is Tuesday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. at South Walton High School. 

Good evening.  This is a message from your Superintendent, Mr. Russell Hughes.  After consulting with local weather expert, we are cancelling all Walton County schools for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5th, due to severe weather.  Closures include students and staff.  Extra-curricular activities and SPICE will also be cancelled.  Walton county School District will continue their collaborations with local experts to monitor the weather.  Please continue to check our district and schools’ media platforms.  Stay safe. 

According to local experts, thunderstorms are expected to pass through Walton County tomorrow, Tuesday April 5th, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  School will be in session tomorrow, but please know the Walton County School District is and will continue to monitor the weather.   

Walton County School District

Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month


Walton County School District recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for us to not only honor those who work to support children and strengthen families, but to shine a light on the many ways we can all play a role in preventing children from being harmed. 

The Prevention Resource Guide, an annual publication by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau outlines actions that can be taken by communities, organizations, families, and individuals to address the root causes of child abuse and provide meaningful and equitable support to families.  

You can access the Prevention Resource Guide and other resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s at

By increasing efforts to prevent child abuse, we all help children, families, and communities thrive. 

The Walton County School District Academic Team has won the State Championship in Division 3 of the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in Orlando, Florida with 221 points on Saturday morning, April 2, 2022!

Team Members Brighton Cardenas, Kai Hong, Alyssa Sutton, Sophia Bock, Addie Hilton, and Allie Saunders played smart and as a team, they led in points during the semifinals on Friday and the finals Saturday.

The Commissioner's Academic Challenge is a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986. The districts are placed in three divisions based on the fall FTE summary provided by the Florida Department of Education. Each team consists of six members (a maximum of four players during each of the three rounds and two alternates) and a coach. A maximum of six teams may compete in one competition round. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) physical education, health, and technology. The questions are written by educators from high schools throughout the state.

Thanks to ALL the Academic Team coaches throughout the District who have worked with these students from Middle School through High School to help prepare them for this exciting moment! A special thanks to the two coaches that traveled to the event with them, Coach Melissa Buckner and Sean Libby.


COVID Update April 1, 2022

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We are happy to share we had no – zero (0) – positive cases, campus exposures, and family exposures these last seven days. What awesome news! We appreciate those who have stayed home when sick, reported diagnosis to our schools, and follow district and state decision trees. Thank you to all stakeholders for being supportive, patient, and understanding as we continue our work together to ascertain these successful numbers, providing students quality instruction in school. This is a team effort and we are moving 4wRd!

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 3/31/22)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure






Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  1. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  2. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be completed daily.
  3. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc.).
  4. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities.

Visitors are currently allowed at school during the school day.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 



Congratulations to the following Walton High students for earning their ServSafe Manager certification!

3rd period:

Matthew Dillon, Jordyn Grimes, Addie Ingle

4th period:

Rolly Benitez, Aaliyah Lucas, Allison Mooney, Timothy Noah Thrower

5th period:

Zachary Hilbrant & Vincent Quitugua

6th period:

Hannah Foushee & Kaylen Reese

7th period:

Connor Kennedy & Julia Wilson

This week WMS students, faculty, and staff have been searching beneath couch cushions and peeking in dryers, desperately rounding up all the loose change they can. Meanwhile, they've also been searching through closets and dressers to find some of the wackiest outfits possible--all for a good cause. The annual Change for Children drive, benefitting Children in Crisis, is under way this week, and our tribe is having a blast both dressing up and raising money to support the charitable campaign.

By donating money, our Warriors are helping feed, clothe, and care for the kids of The Children's Neighborhood. Children in Crisis is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity whose mission is "to provide homes and establish hope for the foster children of our community." They are also deeply committed to keeping brothers and sisters together.

The WMS Student Council, under the direction of Mrs. Jade Tucker, has drummed up excitement for the event by hosting fun and zany dress-up days all week. On Monday, students dressed in clashing patterns, and all kinds of loud stripes, plaids, polka dots, and florals abounded across campus. So far, Tuesday has been the most hilarious day, as Warriors had a chance to dress like their favorite teachers. (Check out the pictures below to see some our many teacher twins.)

Today is "Ugly Tie Day," and the week will close with "Holiday Day" on Thursday and "Younger Me Day" on Friday. It's not too late to join in the fun! We hope to see lots of Christmas, Halloween, or Fourth of July spirit in March tomorrow and throwbacks to our younger selves on Friday.

So empty those change jars, and while you're at it, search for a fun outfit in the back of your closet too. Every cent makes a difference for area foster children in need.

Our tribe is rising for Change for Children!

Due to the weather conditions expected, all Walton County schools will have a delayed start time by two hours, Thursday, March 31st. The two hour delayed start times include students and employees. Transportation will also be delayed by approximately two hours. Release times will not be affected. Based on data from Emergency Management, Walton County is expected to experience high force winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding between the hours of five and seven a.m. Absences will be excused on Thursday, March 31st, 2022, if you choose to keep your child home. The Walton County School District will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Stay safe and continue to check our district website, school websites, social media platforms, Bus Bulletins, and Here Comes the Bus for more information.

Example start times for March 31st:

If your school start time is at 7:45 a.m., your school will start tomorrow at 9:45 a.m.  If your bus pick up time is at 6:30 a.m., your bus will pick up tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.  As a reminder, dismissal times will not be affected.