March 12, 2020


Based on the most current information from the Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holmes District School Board would like to provide an update regarding COVID-19, schools staying open, and Spring Break travel.  First and foremost, the health and safety of our students is our priority.  There are no reported cases of the virus in our community and we plan to follow our school calendar for the remainder of the school year.  Friday, March 20th is an early release day, March 23rd -27th is Spring Break and we will resume classes as scheduled on Monday, March 30th.  We will continue to follow our preventative everyday practices regarding cleaning, sanitizing, handwashing and staying home when students or staff are sick. Please refer to the Question and Answer guide for more information regarding COVID-19. (Available below in the Related Files section.)

The following guidelines will be implemented after today’s date, based on CDC travel recommendations:

According to the CDC, the U.S. Department of State recommends against cruise ship travel. 

Any Holmes County School District student or employee traveling on a cruise will need to follow the CDC recommendations after returning from the trip.

  • If you were on a cruise in the past 14 days:  Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If a case of COVID-19 was reported on your ship during the cruise, stay home during these 14 days and practice social distancing.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms, such as fever, cough, or have trouble breathing and call ahead before you seek medical care.

Any Holmes County School District student or employee traveling to a Level 3 destination will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left the area.

Students and staff that meet the guideline requirements in the recommendation to stay home should contact the school administration for information regarding, missing assignments, testing, documentation for the absences, and completing leave forms as set forth in Holmes County school board polices.

About COVID-19

• COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

• Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

• Recent reports have stated that on average, symptoms of COVID-19 develop in 5 days.

• CDC said most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults, and infection among children was relatively uncommon.

• CDC has said transmission of coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Current evidence suggests coronavirus may remain viable on surfaces for only two hours, made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

• CDC does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

The COVID-19 call center is available 24 hours a day 866-779-6121.

In the light of the ongoing and developing situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, the Holmes District School Board is monitoring the situation regularly, and following recommendations from the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control relating to preventative measures and sanitation procedures. Providing simple access to the best advice from health care professionals is intended to arm people with knowledge to calmly take preventive action steps that can enhance the safety and health of our entire community.

The CDC recommends that individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures including:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
• Stay home when you are sick. Individuals should be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to work or school.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then be sure to throw it in the trash can.
• Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
• Health experts recommend getting a flu shot to reduce the chances of getting the regular flu and weakening your immune system further.

National School Breakfast Week

February 26, 2020

March 2-6 is National School Breakfast Week. Remember, all students can receive FREE breakfast at school daily!

2020-21 School Calendar

February 5, 2020

The School Board has approved the 2020-21 school calendar.  Click the Related Files link below to access printable versions of the calendar.

We are pleased to announce that our Holmes County Teacher of the Year is Ms. Brittany Brown, representing Ponce de Leon High School. Ms. Brown has been a teacher for 8 years and currently teaches agriculture and aerospace at PDLH. She says, "I enjoy teaching because there is nothing more rewarding than watching a child grow and succeed in the classroom and in life." We wish Ms. Brown the best as she competes for Florida's Teacher of the Year!



The Holmes County School Board will meet on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the following locations for the purpose of visiting the school Ag Farms: (all times are approximate)



Depart from the District Office                  10:25 a.m.

Travel to Holmes County Ag Farm            10:25 – 10:30 a.m.

Holmes County High School Ag Farm          10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Lunch                                                           11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Travel to Poplar Springs                             12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Poplar Springs High School                        12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Travel to Bethlehem                                    12:50 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Bethlehem High School                               1:05 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Travel to Ponce De Leon                             1:35 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Ponce de Leon High School                         2:05 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Back to District Office                                  3:00 p.m.                                                                             

Early Release/Winter Break

December 17, 2019

Friday, December 20 will be an early release day.  Check with your child's school for specific dismissal times.

Holmes County Schools will be closed December 23 through January 3 for the holidays.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 6.  

The Holmes District School Board will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. for the purpose of HCTA negotations.  The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the District Office, located at 701 E. Pennsylvania Avenue in Bonifay.

Many Holmes County roads are currently under construction or are scheduled for construction in the near future.  These construction projects will likely affect both morning and afternoon bus routes.  When roads in your area are under construction, please plan accordingly for these delays.  If your road is closed, please make arrangements to transport your child to school or to a nearby bus stop.  If you have any questions regarding alternate bus stops, please contact your child's school or the HDSB Transportation Department.  The following is a list of roads that will be affected by the upcoming construction projects:

Co. Hwy. 162 
Line Road
Valee Road
Morrow Road
Anderson Road
Grover Lewis Road
Bradley Road
Coursey Road
Rum Road
Peak Road
Steverson Road
Malcolm Taylor Road
Flowing Well Road
Alex Brown Road
Bush Road
Baxley Road
E. Kelly Road
Rucker Lane
Newton Road
9th Avenue
Hoover’s Mill Road
Beall Packing Road
Old Liberty School Road
Sandpath Road
Sunlake Road