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WINGS Program Update

September 23, 2020

We regret to inform you that we will not be able to offer the WINGS program for the 2020-21 school year.  Holmes County was at the end of our 5 year grant period, and the application for renewal was not funded.  This year, less than 30% of the renewal applications received were awarded funding by the Florida Department of Education.  We have been blessed to have this program for a long time, and we are very disappointed that we will not be able to offer this opportunity for our students.  We plan to apply for the grant again in May and hope to be able to offer WINGS again in the 2021-22 school year.
Due to the change in the track and speed of Hurricane Sally, Holmes County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 & 17.  School will dismiss at normal time today, but all after-school activities have been cancelled.    Buses will run on paved roads only this afternoon.  Please continue to monitor weather conditions and take the necessary precautions to keep your family safe!
Florida Heiken will be providing free vision services to our students the week of September 14-18, 2020.  More information is available by clicked the Related Files links below.  Parents are urged to complete the application online this year.
There will be a special session of the Holmes District School Board on Friday, August 14 for the purpose of discussing the school reopening date.
The Holmes County Health Department will be hosting a drive-through immunization clinic for 7th grade students on Friday, August 14 from 9-11 a.m. at Bonifay K-8 School.  The clinic will be located at the student drop-off area behind the gym.  

District Update, 7-31-20

July 30, 2020

Amended School Start Date

On Tuesday, the school board approved my recommendation that we amend the school start date to August 19.  This change in start date will allow additional time for employee training on new procedures, safety, health, sanitation, and new instructional platforms. This will also allow additional time to ensure all schools have an adequate of supply of cleaning products, and for additional student technology to arrive and be prepared for distribution. 

Instructional Options for 2020-21 

Holmes District Schools will offer three instructional options for 2020-21: Traditional, Holmes Virtual School, and Innovative Learning.
Students enrolled in traditional school do not need to complete any additional paperwork to notify us of your intent to return. Stay tuned to our district app and each school’s Facebook page for information about supply lists, open house, etc.


Students enrolled in Holmes Virtual School will access course work solely from online curriculum. These courses provide flexible scheduling during the student’s day while attending the brick and mortar school, OR can provide a full-time virtual program where the student receives all instruction online. These courses are offered at no cost to the student. Students enrolled in full-time Holmes Virtual School will be required to complete a full semester of course work before returning to traditional school.


Students who choose the Innovative Learning option will receive instruction online with a Holmes County teacher using web conferencing technology. The student will be able to interact with their teacher and their peers while being taught through the same curriculum as students who are in a traditional setting. The schedule will mirror a traditional school day. This option is currently scheduled to occur August through December and students will be able to return to their traditional schools when their families feel comfortable.


Detailed information about each of these options is available on our website at www.hdsb.org on the Back to School 2020-21 page. Look for the red box on the right side of the page.


If your family chooses to participate in Holmes Virtual or Innovative Learning, please use the following link to submit your choice by the end of the day on Friday, July 31. forms.gle/uT6gDWrgQM7oMvFA7


After completing the online form, wait to be contacted by your child’s school to make an appointment to complete the registration process. Schools will be contacting families next week.

Controlled Open Enrollment 

Students who wish to attend a district school other than the one they are zoned for must complete a reassignment application each year.  Most of these were completed in the spring.  However, the application window has reopened for those who missed it in the spring, have moved, or had a change in circumstances.  The online form is available on the Controlled Open Enrollment page on our website.  The deadline to complete the form is August 14.  

Superintendent Mears has released a statement regarding courtesy transportation to daycares in the Bonifay area.  Click the Related Files link below to read the update.

The District Office will be closed to the public on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22 for deep cleaning.  Upon re-opening on Thursday, July 23, we respectfully ask that all visitors wear a mask for the safety of both the visitor and employees.