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4th grade students practiced making and recording observations outside in a “square foot observation” activity. Each group of students marked off a square foot area and made careful observations of the area inside the square using a hand lens. In their science notebooks, they made a labeled drawing of their area and wrote notes about their observations.

Although some school districts to the west of us are closed tomorrow Monday, August 30, 2021 due to weather conditions, the Walton County School District has collaborated with our local weather experts to determine that we will remain open. We hope everyone, including the counties in our surrounding area, remain safe. Please reach out to your individual schools if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you.

COVID Update September 10, 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

(9/9/21)

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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 9/9/21)

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

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

8

0.06%

665

5.12%

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

3

0.02%

1170

9%

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

 

3

0.02%

581

4.47%

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

6

 

20

 

 We are pleased to announce a new partnership in our efforts to help make COVID-19 testing more accessible to our students and employees, allowing students a speedy return if quarantined due to possible exposure and families immediate information and results. Beginning immediately, COVID-19 testing will be offered through Stone Clinical Laboratories in each geographic location of the WCSD every day that school is open. The tests are conducted by clinically trained personnel who are both vaccinated and tested on a weekly basis. Those wanting testing need to pre-register at https://forms.office.com/r/RyAf0H6Yqr. Results are provided within 24 hours of testing. As always, we want children in safe schools and experiencing educational success – this new partnership ascertains this goal and our moving 4wRd!

 

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 reevaluated on September 1st.

COVID Decision Tree - FDOE

After collaborating with our Walton County Emergency Management and weather experts, all Walton County School and programs will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, August 17th. We hope everyone, including the counties in our surrounding area, remained safe. Please reach out to your individual schools if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you.

Due to the weather conditions expected from Tropical Storm Fred, all Walton County schools will close tomorrow, Monday, August 16th. Closures include both students and employees. Extracurricular activities and SPICE will also be closed. Based on data from Emergency Management, Walton County is expected to experience tropical storm force winds and heavy rain. The WCSD will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts. Stay safe, and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.

August 13, 2021

To the Parents of the WCSD:

I want to thank everyone for a wonderful start to the 2021-2022 school year! The first few days are always special ones as we are excited to see our students and begin school year traditions! I want to thank everyone for being patient as we continue to make car lines, bus times, and other logistics as effective as possible.

Speaking of patience, we appreciate your support and flexibility as we continuously monitor COVID-19. This week, we received a new statewide Student COVID Decision Tree from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). This decision tree looks slightly different from the Walton County tree, but many of the protocols are the same. This new statewide decision tree for students will go into effect for Walton County students on Monday, August 16, 2021. Here is an outline of the major changes for the new decision tree:

Direct exposure will now be defined within six feet for a cumulative time of 15 minutes of a positive case.

Any student fully vaccinated, or that has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, will NOT NEED to self-isolate or quarantine, if they are exposed.

Any student not fully vaccinated and exposed must quarantine:

7 days from date of exposure; if asymptomatic, the student can return on Day 8

OR

4 days from date of exposure; if asymptomatic, the student can test on Day 5 (Rapid or PCR) and return immediately with a negative test result (test must show the student’s name).

The new Student Decision Tree is posted on our website, and we will help walk you through it if your child is in close contact with a positive case. If your child is required to quarantine due to a school case, we will provide missed work for your child. The format of this work will be determined by your child’s school.

COVID-19 is a serious pandemic, and I know we are all ready for it to be “over”. Until the danger subsides, we will continue to remind students to make good choices at school, which include the successful use of mitigation strategies, such as hand washing, hand sanitizer, and social distancing. Students may also wear masks. At this time, screenings may be done randomly at schools, so we encourage parents to screen their children at home – checking temperatures and COVID symptoms. If students have a fever or other COVID symptoms, please keep students home. I know that is hard to do when you think they may be experiencing a minor condition, but this proactive step can make a huge difference. Our schools will also continue to clean appropriately and keep detailed seating notes, especially if contact tracing is needed.

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility. If and when additional protocols change, please know that our decisions are always based on data, new or revised best practices, and/or expert information. All decisions are made with our employees and students in mind, and in Walton County, safety is always our number one priority.

I am looking forward to all of us having a wonderful 2021-2022 school year. We will get through these challenging times together! Keep pressing 4wRd!

Please click the link below for the Student COVID Decision Tree.

COVID Decision Tree - FDOE