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TO:                      HDSB

FROM:                Superintendent Buddy L. Brown

DATE:                 November 19, 2021

SUBJECT:         SUPERINTENDENT’S THANKSGIVING MESSAGE 

During this month of Thanksgiving I have been reflecting on the things I am grateful for. One of the first things that came to mind is the talented group of people I represent and work with daily, from the District School Board to our staff at each of our schools.  Thank you for the work you do to make our District great. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards, we would not be the District we are, nor the District we strive to be.

I am a man of faith, and with that faith I believe in the principles of faith that surround the Thanksgiving holiday.  I pray and hope for safety in your travels over the next week.  I pray you will maximize and take advantage of the time to spend with loved ones and friends.  I pray for the safety and well-being of our men and women in uniform, both military and civilian that stand watch over us, prepared to give all for our freedoms and our way of life.  I pray for a time of calmness and peace in our community, our nation, and our world.  I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance, happiness, and bright moments.

Notice of Public Hearing

November 17, 2021

The Holmes County School Board will be adopting and revising school board policies, revising the instructional continuity plan, and considering approval of the LEA ARP ESSER plan at the regular school board meeting on December 14th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. A hearing for the public for input on proposed changes, the instructional continuity plan and the LEA ARP ESSER plan will be held at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, December 6th, 2021 at the Holmes County School Board Office. A copy of the policies and plans to be adopted or revised may be reviewed at the Holmes County School Board Office Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., except advertised holidays.

Due to food supply chain disruptions, we regretfully announce that we will be unable to serve holiday meals on November 18 and December 13 as planned. We apologize for the cancellation and ask for your patience as we continue to work through supply chain issues. Below is a memo from Carmen Bush, HDSB Food Service Director.
 
TO: HDSB
FROM: Carmen Bush, Food Service Director
DATE: November 10, 2021
SUBJECT: Supply Chain Disruptions
 
Our school district has been experiencing supply chain disruptions since the 2020-2021 school year. We are currently experiencing even greater challenges that include unanticipated cancellation of food and supply contracts, lack of availability of certain foods, unexpected substitution of food products, and increased food and supply costs.
 
We are making last-minute, week-to-week changes to our regular menus based on availability. Our holiday meal items are not available at this time, so regretfully, we are cancelling the holiday meals scheduled for November 18th and December 13th. We appreciate your support and ask for your patience as we work through these supply chain issues.

Open Enrollment Dates

Spring/ 2nd Semester:

November 5, 2021— February 4, 2022

 

Students may register with Pam Short at the GAP

401 McLaughlin Ave. Bonifay, FL 32425

 

Holmes County virtual instruction is provided through the Holmes FLVS Franchise for grades K-12.

 

Students currently enrolled in HVS must have completed their 1st Semester course work before they will be considered for enrollment in 2nd semester courses.

 

For more information, contact:

Matt Tate 547-9341 or [email protected]

Pam Short 547-0470 or [email protected]org

The Florida Surgeon General and Department of Health have issued a new protocol regarding quarantines for students, effective September 22. The rule can be accessed at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/64DER21-15.pdf

The Department of Education has released an updated graphic giving guidance on when students will need to quarantine.  (Click the Related Files link below.) We will continue to update you as we receive new guidance from the appropriate agencies. 

Device Pick-up for Full-time Holmes Virtual School Students:
August 12, 13, 16, and 17
8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day except Friday (8:15 a.m.-12 noon)

HDSB District Office
701 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Bonifay
Media Center--Door #7

Devices will be given out by appointment only In order to reduce wait times and practice social distancing. Use the following link to schedule an appointment: https://bit.ly/HVSDevicePickUp

We encourage parents to download and complete the device agreement form prior to arrival. https://bit.ly/HDSBDeviceAgreement

We will also be offering an optional device protection plan that covers accidental damage. The fee is $20 and may be paid by cash, cashier's check, or money order. No personal checks will be accepted. Cashier's checks or money orders should be made payable to Holmes District School Board.

Superintendent Brown has released the following directive regarding school events:

TO:                  HDSB

 FROM:            Superintendent Buddy L. Brown

 DATE:            August 2, 2021

 SUBJECT:      Scheduling of Events on Wednesday

 

I currently have some concerns about the over scheduling of events and in particular extracurricular activities during the school week.  I have come to the decision that the mid-week day of Wednesday will be considered a time-out period in concerns of activities scheduled outside of the normal school day.

 

  1.  No extracurricular activities will be regularly scheduled to take place after 5:30 PM during this day.  This is to include any practices, athletic events, or other school related activities that are directly controlled by HDSB.
  2. Exceptions to this rule may include events that have to be rescheduled due to “acts of nature,” events scheduled by agencies or organizations the school or District has a contractual obligation to, and events approved by the School Principal and/or Superintendent that have a direct positive effect on student academic achievement.

 

We are an educational institution.  Our goal is to safeguard the well-being of our students while focusing on their academic achievement and preparation to be productive members of society when they graduate from our schools.  To expect these students to maintain their physical and academic stamina without giving them an opportunity to have a time of respite and rest, or even a full evening to focus on academics and family is contrary to our goals.  We will use this mid-point of the week as an opportunity for students and their families to have an evening free from any organized school events.

 

The Holmes District School Board will be adopting and revising Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures.  It will be presented at the school board meeting on August 24, 2021.  A hearing for the public will be held at 5:00 p.m. on August 19, 2021 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.

On June 28, 2021, a mass casualty exercise will take place at the Holmes County High School. This is a drill to practice and assess the coordination among agencies, students, and their guardians.

Summer school and WINGS will dismiss early at 12:00 p.m.  This exercise will begin at 1 p.m. and last until approximately 3:00 p.m.  There will be signage and a law enforcement presence to ensure the drill site is secure and to assist in traffic control during the exercise. Please refrain from driving around the Holmes County High School and the Bonifay K-8 campuses between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

The following agencies will be participating in this drill:   Holmes District School Board, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes Emergency Management, Holmes County Emergency Medical Services, Bonifay Fire Department, Esto Fire Department, Pine Log Fire Department, Gritney Fire Department, Pittman Fire Department, Holmes County Department of Health, Doctors Memorial Hospital, and Bonifay Police Department.