2018 VPK Registration Information


Parents will log in to https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/

 Parents must have a valid e-mail address to complete this procedure.

Families must upload (scan & send) the child’s birth certificate and proof of Florida residency as prompted during process.  Everything has to be completed on-line.  The Early Learning Coalition will email the Certificate to you, then you print it and take to the school as explained below:

Certificates of Eligibility will be accepted at each school beginning Wednesday April 4,  8:30-1:30.  Parents will need to furnish a copy of child’s birth certificate, current shot & physical record at this time. Parents will be asked to fill out registration forms at this time.

Limited space is available.  It will be first come, first served.  VPK registration is open on-line immediately, there is no deadline for registration, but when our slots are filled additional student registrations will be placed on a waiting list.

Please contact Carmen Bush at 547-9341 x 1253 for more information.  Email:  [email protected] .

Notice of Public Hearing

March 9, 2018

The Holmes County School Board will be adopting and revising school board policies at the regular school board meeting on April 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. A hearing for the public for input on proposed changes will be held at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 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.

Catherine Peel, a fourth grade teacher at Ponce de Leon Elementary School, has been named Holmes County Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the March 6 board meeting with a plaque and reception. She will be competing for Florida Teacher of the Year which will be announced in July.  Congratulations to Mrs. Peel!

The Holmes District School Board will conduct a Special Workshop on Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office to discuss security plans.  The School Board and Superintendent will hold a round-table discussion with representatives from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department and other security experts.  The public is welcome to observe the discussion.



No School--Monday, February 19

February 16, 2018

There will be no school on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents' Day.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

A Special Note from the Superintendent:

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who had a part in providing assistance during the bomb threat at Bethlehem yesterday.  The administration, faculty, and staff are to be commended for their professionalism, organization, and concern for students throughout the day’s events.  I appreciate the quick response from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department, Dothan Police Department bomb squad, and other area first responders.  Special gratitude is extended to Carmel Assembly of God and their staff for their willingness to open their doors to us as the relocation site.  I also appreciate the many community members who volunteered at the church.   Parents, thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout the day, especially during the sign-out process.  The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and at the end of the day, every student was safe and accounted for and home with their families.  I am thankful to be part of such a wonderful school system and community that puts children first!


Terry L. Mears, Superintendent

At approximately 7:00 pm last night (Tuesday, February 6) the Holmes County Sheriff's Office communications center received a call from a parent of a Holmes County High School (HCHS) student. The parent stated that a male student at school had told her daughter he was going to shoot up the school tomorrow (Wednesday), and for her not to come to school.

Investigators responded to the complainant’s residence and met with her and obtained a statement and details regarding the conversation.

Investigators then went to the suspected student’s residence that made the threat and spoke with him.  Based on the information provided and the seriousness of the threats, the student was arrested and charged.

The student has been suspended from school by Holmes District Schools and WILL NOT be at school until further notice. For precautionary reasons, extra deputies will be on campus at HCHS today to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

Florida Youth Survey Results

February 7, 2018

Parents/guardians interested in seeing state-wide results from the Florida Youth Survey can view the results by clicking the Related Files links below.  This voluntary and anonymous survey was conducted in Spring 2017 and collects responses relating to tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, as well as other risky behaviors of our youth. Specific schools cannot, nor can your child’s responses, be identified but it may be helpful for you to see how middle school and high school students responded throughout the state.

More information about the survey can be found at http://www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/survey-data/florida-youth-survey/index.html