Please read the letter to students if you cannot view the video.
****ATTENTION ECTC STUDENTS****
Your virtual learning journey will begin Monday, March 30, 2020! Please contact your instructors and inquire about your program's Continuous Learning Plan if your instructor has not already contacted you. The Continuous Learning Plan will provide students with the opportunity to engage with instructors. You will be involved with both synchronous and asynchronous learning while earning industry certification/licensure in your program of study. Your instructor will communicate with you using a variety of methods including web conferencing applications for synchronous learning, the Remind app, online learning platforms and email. The delivery method has changed but ECTC's Mission has not. Like you, we want you to see you working in your chosen field. Administration, faculty and staff will be working modified schedules to comply with CDC recommendations and are available to answer your questions. Administration and Student Services can be reached through phone or email. Visit our staff page for extensions and email addresses.
Please read the March 27 COVID-19 Update and scroll down to watch the video message from Superintendent Hughes. Please see our revised bus route list for food distribution and Paper Portfolios. Many bus stops have remained the same; however, some times have been changed and a few new stops have been added. These changes take place Friday, March 27th. We continue to work to make our food distribution routes as smooth as possible. Thank you!
The WCSD has produced two items for you, a food distribution flyer and flyer for food distribution via bus route. Food distribution will began on Monday, March 23rd at five school sites. Changes are coming Monday, March 30th in regards to food distribution. First, food pick up at our five sites (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School) will now be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Also, there has been small changes to our bus routes, which were posted yesterday. These changes include lengthening stop times and adding additional stops.
Many ISPs are lifting data caps and waiving late fees. Some, like Spectrum, are providing free Internet or lower-priced Internet to qualified subscribers. A recent PC World article provides a list of ISPs and their responses to COVID-19. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Other Internet Service Providers, such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, Sprint and Verizon are also responding to the COVID-19 crisis by waiving late fees and lifting data caps. Please read the PC Word article to learn more.
Food Service and WiFi Hotspots
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, five school sites will begin to provide food for children ages 1 to 18. WiFi Internet hotspots have also been set up in the parking lot at these five sites that will allow students to access WiFi to complete online lessons from inside the car.
* Mossy Head School
* Maude Saunders Elementary
* Walton Middle School
* Freeport High School
These five sites will provide a grab and go meal in the school’s car rider line. You do not have to live in the school zone to receive food at the above sites. If possible, if your school is not a site, please visit the site nearest to you. For example, if your child attends Dune Lakes Elementary, a non-distribution site, you may pick up a meal at Freeport High School, a distribution site. Children must be present in the car to receive a free meal.
School sites haven been chosen based on specific criteria as put forth by the Florida Department of Agriculture. We may open additional sites as we can.
The schedule for food pick up at the five sites above are as follows:
* Monday, March 23 from 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided
* Tuesday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast
* Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast
* Thursday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast
* Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch provided and next day’s breakfast
Parents may call 211, a number set up for the Florida Department of Agriculture, if additional food is needed.
Starting Wednesday, March 25th, food distribution will also begin via bus transportation. Over 95 bus stops will be put into place throughout the Walton County School District from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and look similar to our summer routes. Buses will spend 10 minutes at each stop for parents to receive breakfast and lunch at the bus stop instead of visiting school sites. School sites will also remain open as well.
As we provide meals, please know that we are taking health and safety protocols seriously. All individuals preparing and delivering meals will follow CDC guidelines.
If your child has medication at school that you need at home, you can pick up medication from the school’s nurse starting Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Medication will only be released to a student’s parent.
The Walton County School District does have an online system to answer any of your COVID-19/School Closure related questions. Please click on the “Contact Us” tab below to submit a question or concern. District staff is available to answer questions over Spring Break. Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this time of uncertainty. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience.
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