Letter from Mr. Joseph Taylor, Superintendent of Schools regarding continued instruction during the COVID-19 crisis

Parents/Guardians: Please stay tuned to the WCSD Website, Facebook page, and the Focus Community App for updated information.

WCSD COVID-19 Announcements:

Friday, March 20, 2020:

COVID-19 Q & A from Florida Department of Education: 

https://digitalbell-bucket.s3.amazonaws.com/BD1FE494-5056-907D-8DD0-A27510A56E05.pdf

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020-5:17 PM

School Update Regarding COVID-19:

As of today, Tuesday, March 17th, per information released to School Superintendents from the Department of Education, students will not return to school until April 15th, 2020.

Teachers will return to work on Monday, March 30th following our Spring Break. It is the intent from DOE that students can begin working remotely from home beginning March 30th. We will continue to work together as a District to finalize our Instructional Continuity Plan.

When we return, we will be following the new CDC recommended guidelines for meetings (no more than 10 people in a single occupied space). The District will be working closely with DOE for guidance in completing our plans. Be advised this timeline could change.

Additional information from DOE will be forthcoming.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Message from Dawn Spooner regarding bus delivered meals:
"Just a rough count, but we delivered around 550 meals to our students today. We did miss a few areas today, but we have a better plan in place tomorrow. We will be back at it at 9:30 in the morning. Please be looking for us. We did a lot of knocking on doors today, but that is very time consuming which led to us running out of time today. If we missed you and you are in need, please reach out to me. Thank you and we will see you again in the morning"

As a reminder, we use the WCSD FB site for informational purposes. We are not able to reply back to each individual who may post a question in the comments. However, if you will, please call us at 850-638-6222. Someone will be happy to take your call. We can't say enough about how thankful we are to the parents and community members for their understanding during this time. It's all just as new to us as it is to each of you. We will get through it...together!

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Monday, March 16, 2020: In light of schools closing due to COVID-19 concerns, the Washington County School District will be distributing Breakfast and Lunch bags to approximately 1000 children. The distribution will begin on Tuesday, March 17 and will continue through Friday, March 20, 2020. Buses will be making daily routes stopping at established bus stops beginning at 10 AM each morning. In addition to the delivery of meals to far regions of our county, curb-side distribution sites will be available at Vernon Elementary School, Kate M. Smith Elementary School, Yes, Lord Deliverance Church, and the TJ Roulhac Enrichment Center. If you are in need and do not receive a meal, please reach out to us at 850-638-6222.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020: WCSD will partner with Chartwells to provide curb-side meals for Children ages 18 and under at distribution sites. More information to come.

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Friday, March 13, 2020: Washington County School District, with guidance from the Governor and Commissioner of Education, closed schools for two weeks (Spring Break: March 23-27).