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COVID Update October 8, 2021

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 look forward to a time where these numbers read 0%, likewise is our wish for our county, state, and country. We are glad that we are able to navigate through this second year of COVID like we have with the mitigation strategies in place that allow students to be in school, employees at work, and families enjoying some sense of normalcy.


COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 10/7/21)

% 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.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.


*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. 

The Florida Partnership Webinar parent night series has returned, and they are kicking off 2021-2022 with a presentation on college and scholarship opportunities.  

Please join us as we discuss important items related to College and Career Readiness:

  • Student Search Service
  • College Board Scholarship Partners and Recognition Programs
  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships
  • Big Future

This presentation links to the “why” regarding participation in the PSAT and will deepen your understanding regarding student opportunities connected to the assessment. 

When: October 7th, 2021, at 5:00-6:00 (CST)

Register in advance for this webinar:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 7, 2021 5:00pm (CST) (US and Canada)

Topic: Unlock College and Scholarship Opportunities: A FLP Parent Webinar Series

Register in advance for this webinar:

Registration is limited to the first 500 people.

School Advisory Council

September 30, 2021

South Walton High School- School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting


Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | 4:30 PM | South Walton High School Media Center


WCSD Monthly Video Update for September 2021

Walton County School District Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares his monthly video update for September, 2021!

School Transportation

August 27, 2021

Hello Seahawks and Parents,

We will post bus routes as soon as we have them from WCSD Transporation.  You can always check the school district website at for the most current information.  Also, if you need transportation please confirm this on the FOCUS Transportation to be assigned a route/to pick a spot.

South Walton High School is proud to be a recipient of CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles. Schools receiving this award have expanded women’s participation in the course and closed the gender gap among students.  Research shows that female students who take APCSP in high school are more than 5x as likely to major in computer science in college.

SWHS is 1 of 47 schools in Florida to receive this award! 

South Walton High School senior Emma Marks has been named the Walton County School District’s nominee for U. S. Presidential Scholar.   In addition to her outstanding academic achievements, Emma has been the drum major in the Seahawk Marching Band and plays the cello and violin.  Emma is the daughter of Daniel and Wendy Marks of Inlet Beach, FL.

Seahawk parents and students, we are continuing to register new students daily and waiting for parents to select an educational option for next school year; due to these factors we are unable to go final with our master schedule until next week.  Parents/families/students should go to the Walton County Website and make your Student Intent selection immediately if you have not done so already.  We cannot schedule orientations (either virtually or in person) until our master schedule is complete and that cannot be done until all students are entered into a program.  Once your course selections for next year become final (sometime during the week of August 10 - 14) and classes are assigned to specific teachers for specific periods, we will be able to push out your schedule to you in your FOCUS accounts.  Following that, you can view the virtual orientations for each of your classes in TEAMS; this should be August 13 - 16.  Only new to Walton County students (those registering after March 11, 2020) will have an in-house orientation.  Details of that orientation will be sent to them individually.  2019-2020 Walton County eighth graders toured our school and visited classrooms last year so they will participate in virtual orientation; additionally these incoming freshmen will be contacted by Link Leaders prior to school starting.      

First Semester Schedule