Walton County schools plan for students to return to campus

Amid the coronavirus, the Walton County School District is making plans for when students return to campus.
Amid the coronavirus, the Walton County School District is making plans for when students return to campus.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 3:57 PM CDT
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Walton County school board released a plan Wednesday that will outline in detail what school is going to look like when students return to campus in the fall.

What we know now is there will be options for students who opt not to return back to campus. One is the Walton Virtual School, and the other is a new option called Innovative Learning. The new option is still being put together, but we’re told it will have students working from home, but with a more traditional school concept.

Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Hawthorne said it's important to get this plan finalized before August 10th, when school starts.

"It's also important that they're just not words in a document, if we put safety directives in the document, we want to know that we can actually follow through with those guidelines, so it's more than a document, it's ensuring that we can make sure those processes and procedures really take place," said Hawthorne.

Other changes listed in the Walton County School District Plan include class sizes based on Florida’s class size standard, staggering start and end times as well as bell times, school lunches may be given to students in a classroom and/or other ideas such as eating outside, and employees will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible but student will not be. School water fountains will also be shut off in schools and students will be able to bring water bottles.

When it comes to school buses, some changes include two students per seat, siblings will be seated together when possible, and masks will be mandatory while on the bus.

You can find the letter sent out to parents about there-opening plan and the plan here.

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