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WCSD Showcase Brenda Jackson

February 2, 2022

WCSD Observes Black History Month     


Brenda A. Jackson serves West DeFuniak, Maude Saunders, Walton Middle, Walton High and the Wise Center as a District transportation professional.  Ms. Jackson is a graduate of the Walton County School District has 2 adult children and enjoys fishing in her spare time.  Thank you, Ms. Jackson for supporting children.

All-County Honor Band

February 2, 2022

All-County Honor Band was held at Freeport High School on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. 

The musical event showcased Band students throughout the Walton County School District as they came together as one. They experienced music-making in a large ensemble setting with peers from other schools in the district and worked with two highly qualified guest conductors in a setting other than their own classroom.  

Middle School Clinician – Eddie Steadman 

High School Clinician – Jeff Adams 

February is CTE Month!

February 1, 2022

WCSD is excited to celebrate and highlight the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across our schools. CTE offers a way for students to gain skills and earn certifications in some of Florida’s most critical and desirable industries. Unlike traditional higher education, CTE programs can set individuals on the right path in less time with less cost. That means they can get into a career today without the worry of debt tomorrow. For more information, please visit or

COVID Update January 28, 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. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 1/27/22)

% 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.
  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. 


Walton  County wishes to thank all of their District mentors!  The success of children is a collaborative effort with schools, parents and wonderful community supporters like YOU!  Thank you for giving your time to help us continue our journey to being the #1 school district in the state!   

On Homecoming night, Paxton School and the community had another reason to come together and celebrate.  Coach Tommy Pittman, former girls’ basketball coach, was honored for his years at Paxton.  Surrounded by our superintendent, administration, current coaches, and his former players, it was announced that the Paxton gymnasium would be known as the Tommy Pittman Gym from this day forward. 

We Launched into Literacy at Dune Lakes Elementary School this week!  These pictures were taken before launching the buses after a long day of reading, inferences, writing and determining authors purpose!  It sounds Really hard and it can be, but it is soooo much fun for children when they love their school and their school and district loves them!  Superintendent Hughes had an opportunity to stop, talk and thank some of our Most Amazing Bus Drivers and Aides who help make sure our babies get home safely.  The compassion and dedication of our ESP’s are EPIC throughout! 

What a magnificent honor that is bestowed upon the WCSD from the work, dedication and Exceptional Academic Performance of Sebastian Epplin!  He has been nominated/recommended by Congressman Matt Gaetz to attend the United States Naval Academy.  Mr. and Mrs. Epplin, SWHS Administration, Faculty-Staff and the entire WCSD is so extremely proud of Sebastian for his well rounded life that includes Lacrosse and many other Extracurricular Activities that accompany his academic prowess.  Go Do Great things Sebastian, we are with you 100%; It’s the Walton County Way!  #EPIC4wRd!!!!!

Reading supports children’s imagination and unlocks new worlds! The New Worlds Reading Initiative is a FREE book delivery program created to help K-5 students build at-home libraries and encourage a love for reading. For more info on eligibility, visit