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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!

COVID-19 Update March 31, 2020

We have just received official word from the Florida Department of Education regarding school campus closures.  The 3/31/20 press release states:

"Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures through May 1, 2020. This recommendation follows President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th."

Parents, please know that we always want to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, which is why we waited until FDOE’s official press release.  Based on the information above, Walton County School District will continue our At-Home Education Plan and school campuses will remain closed to students through May 1st.

Please be sure you have visited your child’s school website to receive this week’s school-based At-Home Learning calendar.  The calendar will provide a list of resources for core subject areas.  For specific questions about curriculum, instruction, and/or technology, please refer to your child’s teachers and/or your school.  The district is continuing to work with the Florida Department of Education regarding attendance and grades, and updates will be provided soon.

Please remember that you can submit a question online to your school or school district by using the “Contact Us” tab on our websites.  We are also available during regular school hours by phone.  Again, thanks to everyone for being patient and understanding during this trying time.

ECMS Parent Bulletin -Week of 3/23-3/27

Good Afternoon Stingray Nation,

I hope you have been able to enjoy this time with your family during spring break. This situation has created a different type of learning experience for our community. We all have to learn how to manage our families in this “new normal” we are experiencing.

For the week of 3/23-3/27, students will be progressing through the ClassLink app to access Study Island. The ECMS teaching staff is not reporting to work this week. Therefore, this week is self-directed by kids and managed at home by parents.  I have pasted some images in this bulletin to help show students and parents how to access this material. I have also included a link so you can see how it works. I have tested it out with a personal laptop computer, a tablet with internet access, and a cell phone. All three have worked for this application.

I have pasted an image below that has the structure for students for the week. It shows the expected time spent working in these applications each day. We are asking for students to spend 45 minutes per core area subject engaging in these online platforms. We will be checking on our end to see that students are engaged in the activities. Please reach out if you have any questions or issues with logging on in the system. You can also refer to the district website as well.   https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/at-home-learning-support-covid-19

Also, please contact the school if your student has medicine in the clinic that you need during this separation from the school building.

Todd Drake

School Number 850-622-5026

Cell Number 850-714-7125     - Please call if you have any questions

Click the links below for help walking through the login process

http://somup.com/cYeYo0hP3F

https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/at-home-learning-support-covid-19

Step 1: Go to the Walton County Webpage.

www.walton.k12.fl.us

Step 2: Click on the tab for students

Step 3: Select ClassLink

Step 4: ClassLink Log in page – Most ECMS Students log into this regularly. They should be able to log on to ClassLink. Click Sign In once your login and password are entered.

Step 5: Click on Study Island App

Step 6: Click on the Florida Programs tab

Step 7: Select a subject

Step 8: Work through the modules/activities

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

The Walton County School District is staying up-to-date on COVID-19 through consistent communication with the Florida Department of Education and the Walton County Health Department.  The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority.  As always during the flu season, our schools are working hard to keep all school surfaces and furniture clean and sanitary, but we have extended our efforts in order to be as proactive as possible for our students and employees.

 All of us can also help prevent the spread of germs.  Reminders can include:

* Wash hands often with soap and water

* Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available

* Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes

* Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth

* Stay home if you are sick

 The number and websites below provide additional information:

* State Hotline for Florida - 866-779-6121

* Florida Department of Health - floridahealth.gov

* Walton Department of Health - walton.floridahealth.gov

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html