In 2015, the Holmes County School District was approved to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Lunch Program.  CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Holmes County currently has 58.66 percent of enrolled students that are categorically eligible, based on data collected by Carmen Bush, Food Service Director.

Your students are eligible to receive a P-EBT card because Holmes County is a CEP district.  Currently P-EBT cards are being issued to all school-aged children that were enrolled in our schools for the 2021-2022 school year.  Each eligible student/child will receive a one-time Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit of $391. 

Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit issuance is expected to begin in October 2022 and will run through November 2022. Eligible recipients should expect to receive their payment by November 30, 2022.  Households already receiving SNAP benefits will receive Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits on their existing EBT cards. Households that received P-EBT benefits during the prior school year will receive benefits on their existing P-EBT card, and households that do not have an EBT or P-EBT card will receive a P-EBT card in the mail with benefits automatically loaded. If you need a replacement P-EBT card, you should call 1-833-311-0321 for a replacement.

If you lost your P-EBT card, or your think your student/child qualifies, but you have not received funds on your card by November 30, 2022, you should call 1-833-311-0321.   

Superintendent Buddy Brown announced today that Holmes County School District has earned system accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

 

Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards that focus on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meet the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and that Holmes County School District is recognized across the nation as a school system that meets Cognia Standards of Quality and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.


“Systems accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Holmes County School District a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school system and each school within our system,” shared Mr. Brown. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”



Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at cognia.org.

NOTICE


The Holmes County School Board will meet on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Ag Center, 3631 Highway 90, Marianna, FL for the purpose of ethics training.

NOTICE

The Holmes County School Board will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at the Holmes District School Board Office and travel to the following locations for the purpose of school walk-throughs:

GAP (Graduation Assistance Program)

Bethlehem

Ponce de Leon High (lunch at 11:30)

Ponce de Leon Elementary    

FortifyFL

August 31, 2022

FortifyFL is an anonymous reporting app for suspicious activity at school that links the user directly to the school district and law enforcement. By accessing FortifyFL, students can provide a description of the threat, share pics and videos, and optionally submit their contact information.  We encourage students to “see something, say something” to help keep our schools safe.

 

However, please be aware that according to Florida Statute 943.082,  following an investigation if it is determined that a person KNOWINGLY submitted a false tip through FortifyFL, the Internet protocol (IP) address of the device on which the tip was submitted will be provided to law enforcement agencies for further investigation. The reporting party may be subject to criminal penalties under s. 837.05. In all other circumstances, the report will remain anonymous. unless the reporting party has chosen to disclose his or her identity.

Holmes County School Board will be adopting and revising school board policies at the regular school board meeting on September 27th, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. A hearing for the public for input on proposed changes will be held at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, September 26th, 2022 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-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., except advertised holidays.
Device Pick-up for Full-time Holmes Virtual School Students:
August 4 & 5
August 8-12
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. 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.

The Holmes County School Board will be adopting and revising the 2022-23 Code of Student Conduct at the regular school board meeting on July 26, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. A hearing for the public for input on proposed changes will be held at 5:00 p.m. on July 26, 2022 at the Holmes County School Board Office. A copy of the proposed Code of Student Conduct may be reviewed at the Holmes County School Board Office Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., except advertised holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to inform you that Holmes County Schools will continue to implement the option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2022-23.
 
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 2022-23 school year. All Holmes County Schools are participating schools.  
For additional information, click the Related Files link below.

The Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program makes homeownership more affordable by providing down payment and closing cost assistance to income-qualified, first-time homebuyers who are frontline community workers.  More than 50 professions may be eligible for this assistance.  Click the Related Files link below or visit https://floridahousing.org/programs/homebuyer-overview-page/hometown-heroes to view the eligibility categories and get more information.