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Our area has experienced the worst devastation seen in our lifetimes and the recovery process will be long. Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered tremendous loss. However, I’m confident that our community will rally together once again and support each other during this time of need. We continue to stay in close communication with the Emergency Operations Center, law enforcement, and other first responders as they assess the needs throughout our county. We were happy to be able to offer our assistance by providing shelters in two of our schools. Rebuilding our community will continue to be a process of all of us working together. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to emergency personnel, first responders, law enforcement, linemen, communications providers, and all those who have been working so hard to make sure our citizens are safe and to begin to restore some degree of normalcy to the area. We WILL recover and rebuild. As the recovery efforts continue, please exercise caution and stay safe. Count your blessings, and hug your family a little tighter this weekend! ~ Terry L. Mears, Superintendent
Based on information received from the National Hurricane Center and Emergency Management, Holmes County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday due to Hurricane Michael. This will allow families sufficient time to make preparations and evacuate if desired. Information regarding the opening of the special needs shelter at Poplar Springs School will be announced at a later time. We urge all citizens to make the necessary preparations to stay safe during this storm. The safety of our students and families is our top priority!

Official HDSB Mobile App

October 8, 2018

Make downloading the official HDSB mobile app part of your severe weather preparations! The app will be our first line of communication regarding school closures and road conditions. It's available for free for both Apple and Android devices by searching "Holmes County Schools" in the appropriate app store. Upon installation, you'll be asked to choose any schools you wish to follow and to set your notification preferences. Don't delay, download TODAY!
There will be no school on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 4. Have a great weekend!

Free Meals for Students

August 8, 2018

We are pleased to inform you that Holmes County Schools will continue to implement the new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2018-19.

Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2018-19 school year.

Budget Hearing--July 30

July 18, 2018


The Holmes County School District will soon consider a budget for 2018-2019.
A public hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:
July 30, 2018
5:05 p.m.
The meeting will take place in the board room prior to the regular meeting.

FSA Scores Released

June 19, 2018

FSA and EOC scores have been released and are now available for viewing in Focus.  Log in to your parent portal account at  and follow these steps:

1.  Under "My Child" at the top of the screen, choose "Test History". This will bring up a list of all test administrations for your child.

2.  Locate the test administration you wish to view, and click the arrow to the right of the test name.

3.  Look at the column labeled "Achievement Level" to locate your child's score.  

Summer Meal Program

June 11, 2018

Summer BreakSpot provides free nutritious meals to kids and teens under 18 while school is out.  Holmes County will be serving free meals at the following locations:

Bethlehem High School
Bonifay K-8 School
Ponce de Leon Elementary School
Poplar Springs High School

June 11-July 19
No meals on July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday. 
Meals will be available on Friday, July 6.

Breakfast served from 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Lunch served from 10:50-11:35 a.m.

There are no forms to complete or registration needed to participate.

Holmes District School Board

Public Input Meeting for Grants

    June 26, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

701 East Pennsylvania Ave., Bonifay, FL

IDEA, Part B – Entitlement – These funds are allocated for the support of special projects which will contribute to the solution of persisting state-wide needs in the education of exceptional students.

IDEA, Part B – Preschool Entitlement - These funds are allocated to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities aged three through five.

Title I – Part A (Title I Basic) program provides services to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families be able to offer high-quality education that will enable all children to meet, at a minimum, proficiency levels on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

Title I – Part C - These funds are allocated to provide services to migratory students who are failing or at risk of failing to meet the State’s challenging content and academic achievement standards and whose education has been interrupted during the regular school year.

Title II, Part A – Teacher and Principal Training/Recruiting –This program’s purpose is to improve teacher and principal quality and increase the number of highly qualified teachers and principals.

Title III Part A – This program is for limited English proficient students and is tailored to individual student needs. The program uses either English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or home language instructional strategies.

Title IV, Part A- Student Support and Academic Enrichment- This program will support district developed services and activities geared toward providing all students an enriched educational experience.

Title IV, Part B- 21st Century Community Learning Centers-This program provides after-school and summer enrichment programs for students.

Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 – Rural Education Achievement Program – These funds are allocated to provide additional support to rural or low income districts.