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Out of an abundance of caution, and after much thought and consideration, the decision has been made to close Holmes County Schools on Monday, August 21 due to the solar eclipse.  This includes all extra-curricular activities, including WINGS.  There are many factors that influenced this decision:

  • Looking directly into the sun at any time can cause permanent eye damage.  This unusual occurrence will draw more curiosity and attention, making the potential for permanent eye damage much greater.  Staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage the retina permanently, and can even cause blindness.

 

  • The timing of the event is such that, if a regular school day is held, dismissal time would occur during the time of the eclipse, risking exposure of students.

 

  • The purchase of protective eyewear is not feasible, as there is no way to ensure that a student would not remove the eyewear.  In addition, there have been reports of eyewear being sold and labeled as safe which actually do not meet the strict requirements for safety from potential damage from the eclipse.

While this rare event is a wonderful learning opportunity, we respect parents’ rights to make the decision they feel is best for their children regarding viewing the eclipse.  Please visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety and https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/faq for further information. 

The Holmes District School Board will be adopting and revising Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures at the school board meeting on September 19, 2017.  A hearing for the public will be held at 5:00 p.m. on August 30, 2017 for input on proposed changes at the Holmes District School Board office.  A copy of the policies to be adopted or revised may be reviewed at the Holmes District School Board office Monday-Friday from 7:30-3:00 p.m. except for advertised holidays.

Reminder:  All students entering 7th grade must have a Tdap vaccine prior to the first day of school. If your child has not received this vaccine, you can make an appointment at the provider of your choice. Proof of immunization must be brought to the school. If you have any questions, please contact your child's school clinic.

All student, parent, and teacher Focus logins have been disabled for maintenance and updates.  We will send out a notification when the accounts are reactivated for login.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 If you have questions or concerns, please contact Phillip Byrd, MIS Director, at 850-547-9341 x227 or by email at byrdp@hdsb.org

Enrollment for the WINGS 2017-2018 academic year program will begin on July 5. Registration packets will be available at all WINGS summer sites from July 5 –July 13 from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and the remaining slots will be filled during the first week of school. WINGS will meet Monday-Thursday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. beginning on August 21.  Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.

The Holmes County School Board will be adopting and revising school board policies at the regular school board meeting on June 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  A hearing for the public for input on proposed changes will be held at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Holmes County School Board Office. A copy of the policies to be adopted or revised may be reviewed at the Holmes County School Board Office Monday-Thursday from 7:30-3:00 p.m., except advertised holidays.

Summer Meal Program

June 5, 2017

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 Middle School
Ponce de Leon Elementary School
Poplar Springs High School

June 5-July 13
No meals on July 4 (Independence Day Holiday)

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.