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Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, Walton County School District, shares a video update each month to keep parents, students and constituents current on happenings in the WCSD. During this uncertain time of COVID-19, we are staying focused on our student's academic progress through our At-Home Learning Instructional Continuity Plan, while also making sure we are addressing the health and personal needs of our students, families, WCSD employees, and the community.

In this month's video, Superintendent Hughes addresses the Grab and Go Food Distribution program; shares a message for our district and community heroes who are all working tirelessly to make sure our students are fed; managing the challenges of application-based online teaching and learning; developing creative and innovative avenues toward curriculum and communication; and maintaining our facilities to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our staff. Mr. Hughes also reaches out with a special word for our Seniors to reassure them that we understand their concerns about graduation, and our schools are working on new and unique ways to recognize and celebrate their achievements!

COVID-19 Update 4/29/20

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update April 29, 2020

The Walton County School District would like to share three updates.

First, food distribution is being moved to Wednesdays in the month of May. Please plan to pick up food from our five locations or receive food from one of our 70 bus stops on these Wednesdays in May - May 6, 13, 20, and 27. Food sites will remain the same - Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School. Times will remain the same for sites (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and bus routes will also remain the same.

Next, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has prepared an update for parents and students in the form of his monthly video. The video will be released later this week. Please look for it, and watch for details about academics, graduation, and more.

Finally, the Walton County School District has a new communication feature. Parents, students, and other stakeholders can text questions to 850-204-9667. Through this new number, the district will be able to provide a quick response for any issues or concerns that may occur with virtual learning. Text submissions are immediate, and a staff member should respond to you quickly.

 Updated Grab and Go Flyer for May, 2020

Updated Grab and Go Flyer 4.29.20
Track season may have been cancelled, but that didn’t keep our athletes from continuing to work hard. Many of the athletes have been receiving daily workouts and a few of them were brave enough to send in pictures of their hard work. Coach Wilson and Coach Radney are proud of their athletes. They could not ask for a better group of kids!

During the week of April 20th, Dune Lakes Elementary School 5th Grade students participated in a nation-wide webinar, #hurricanesathome, presented by the National Hurricane Center. The webinars were hosted by a panel of hurricane specialists; many who also live in Florida. The webinar highlighted interesting facts like criteria of a meteorologist’s job, weather hazards associated with hurricanes and tracking hurricanes.

Hurricane season begins June 1st making these webinars especially important to students in Walton County and in all coastal areas.

Mrs. Hanson’s 5th Graders are making it EPIC3!

          DLE Students Virtual Hurricane Webinar     DLE Students Virtual Hurricane Webinar

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DLE Students Virtual Hurricane Webinar       DLE Students Virtual Hurricane Webinar

We would like to recognize and congratulate one of our Paxton students, Holden Mitchell, who has been named a Semper-Fidelis All-American by the United States Marine Corps. “The Semper-Fidelis All-American program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with the conviction and determination to succeed.” In the past, the program has many prestigious winners, such as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow. “These students embody the same fighting spirit that Marines stand for by taking on the challenges of succeeding academically while bettering their communities and excelling in athletics and extracurricular activities. They have turned obstacles into victories through drive and passion and will be recognized for their achievements at the exclusive Battles Won Academy to be held in Washington, D.C.” Congratulations, Holden.

Using appropriate protection equipment and social distancing, Superintendent Hughes was out again on Tuesday to see the kids and families as he helped with food distribution! He has been helping at various schools each week since the food distribution began in Walton County School District. 

Seeing those faces is what keeps us going! So grateful for everyone that helps make this happen for our students each Tuesday!

Helping out at Walton Middle School

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Superintendent Hughes assisting at Freeport High School

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                                                Helping out in car line at Paxton School
                                              Supt Hughes at Paxton

WDE Earth DayEarth Day is celebrated around the world every year on April 22nd to recognize support for environmental protection. Teachers and students celebrate the holiday in class each year, but many celebrated this year by simply taking time to be surrounded by nature or by attending digital events.


Kaylee Jimenez, a 5th grade student at WDE, celebrated by making an extraordinary and creative representation of Earth using natural materials. She also acknowledged items in her drawing that we can recycle throughout the year to do our part every day.


Kaylee’s creation reminds us all of the beauty of Earth and the importance of protecting it.

WDE Earth Day

COVID-19 Update 4/18/20

April 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update April 18, 2020

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today, April 18, 2020, where he stated "Today I am also announcing that our K through 12 schools will continue with distance learning for the duration of the school year."

Upon receiving a formal statement from the Florida Department of Education, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes will release an update with more specific information.

Pic from FDOE Re School Closures

Actualización de COVID-19, 18 de abril de 2020

El gobernador de la Florida, Ron DeSantis, tuvo una conferencia de prensa hoy, 18 de abril de 2020, donde declaró: "Hoy también estoy anunciando que nuestras escuelas, grados K hasta 12, continuarán con l
a educación a distancia durante el año escolar".

Una vez que recibamos una declaración formal del Departamento de Educación de la Florida, el Superintendente A. Russell Hughes publicará una actualización con información más específica.

Walton County School District, Florida
Van R. Butler Elementary