WCSD to continue distance learning; proms postponed; commencements possibly reschedule

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2020, mandating that all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Walton County School District will continue distance learning for the remainder of the year, through to May 21. Spring break will take place next week, as planned.

“We understand this announcement brings about many feelings of uncertainty and disappointment. Please know that we too are experiencing a range of emotions and are working hard to make the best of this situation. We have included several important updates below as a result of this announcement. We will continue to update you as new information is made available,” Walton County School District superintendent Nathan Franklin wrote in a letter to parents Wednesday following Kemps announcement. The details below cover distance learning, meal service to students and prom and possibly commencement postponements.

Distance Learning
Following spring break, all schools will continue utilizing distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Our team is working to develop a fair grading system that will take into account the many challenges that students may face during the distance learning period. We encourage students to continue doing the best they can while utilizing the resources they have available. We will have more information on finalized grading plans soon. There will be no Milestones, End-of-Course, End-of-Grade or MAP testing this year. In addition, AP tests will be delivered online.

Meal Service
WCSD meal service will not be provided during spring break, April 6-10th. During this time, FISH4Kids will continue delivering lunches. For more information on their program, visit www.fishofwalton.org.

Beginning April 13th, the district will resume meal service for all students with pickups only available on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. at Atha Road, Bay Creek and Monroe Elementary Schools. Between the two pickups, students will receive five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch. Additional information can be found online at bit.ly/COVIDMealService.

We know that this is especially hard for the Senior Class of 2020. This is not how they envisioned ending their high school career and we want to do everything possible to give them the recognition they deserve. Based on the Governor’s executive order, proms will be postponed and possibly rescheduled. If needed, graduation ceremonies will be held at a later date.

Extracurricular Activities
All extracurricular activities, sports, school events, field trips, etc. scheduled before the end of school will be canceled. More guidance will come on events planned during the summer. For questions pertaining to individual refunds, please contact your school administrators.


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