Kindergarten open enrollment for the 2017--2018 school year in Homes County will be  held at Bethlehem High School, Bonifay Elementary School, Ponce de Leon Elementary School and Poplar Springs High School during the week of April 24—28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day.  School of choice is dependent upon enrollment capacity.  Please check with your school of choice for details.

Florida law states that any child  that is five years of age on or before September 1, 2017 is eligible  to register for kindergarten.

Please bring the following information with you when you come to register your child:

Verification of Legal Name - Birth Certificate

Verification of Age - Birth Certificate

Verification of Immunization and Physical Exam  -

These must be completed on Florida forms by a physician or a Florida county health department.

Proof of physical examination must be within the last year.

If documentation cannot be provided, a physical examination must be obtained within 30 days.

Verification of Address  -

Parent or guardian's Florida driver's license or state ID showing the current correct address.

Another item in the parent or guardian's name showing the current address such as: auto registration, current bill or current pay stub.




Surplus Auction

March 27, 2017

The Holmes District School Board will have a public auction on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. to sell surplus property.

Some of the items to be sold are: 1998 Ford Taurus, 1990 Ford Ranger, Chevy 1 ton service body, stoves, Powermatic drill press, Sears metal band saw, Delta table saw, 2 stainless upright coolers, stainless food serving bar, flat screen monitors, computer and printer assortment, lap top computers, VCR's, televisions, kitchen cabinet assortment, file cabinets, table and chair assortment, copy machine, and many other miscellaneous items.

Sale will be held at Bonifay Middle School agricultural department located at 401 McLaughlin Ave., and will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

This afternoon, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office received a report of a phone scam, during which the caller made a threat regarding one of our schools (Bonifay Elementary School). We are working with the Sheriff's Office to take extra precautions tomorrow to ensure the safety of our students and staff at Bonifay Elementary School. The Sheriff's Office will be using detection dogs to conduct a security sweep of the building before school begins, and extra deputies will be on hand until school is released tomorrow. The safety of our students is our highest priority!

For the full statement issued by the Holmes County Sheriff's Office, click here.  

Friday, March 10 will be an early release day.

Spring Break will be the week of March 13-17.  Classes will resume on Monday, March 20.  

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!

2017-18 School Calendar

February 27, 2017

The 2017-18 school calendar has been released.  Click the Related Files link below for a printable version.

VPK Registration

February 15, 2017

 Holmes District School Board

2017 VPK Registration Information


Parents will log in to


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.

Certificates of Eligibility will be accepted at each school beginning Monday, April 3, Monday-Friday 8:30-1:30.  Parents will need to furnish a copy of child’s birth certificate, current shot & physical record at this time. Parent will be asked to fill out registration forms when they drop off the COE at the school.

Parents who need access to a computer or assistance logging into the system may come to the school district office Monday-Friday from 8:30-2:30.

There are 20 slots at Bethlehem School, 20 slots at Ponce De Leon Elementary and 20 slots at Poplar Springs School.

There are 31 (5 of which are speech) slots at Bonifay Elementary.

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 call Carmen Bush or Amy Bowers at 547-5928 x 253 or x 228 for more information.  Email:  [email protected] or [email protected]

During the 2016 Legislative Session an amendment was made to Florida Statute 1002.31. It amended the existing Florida Statue on controlled open enrollment and changed controlled open enrollment from an option to a directive for district school boards.  Prior to the amended statute, Holmes District Schools had a plan in place that allowed students living in our district to attend the district school of their choice and a plan on how students from other districts could obtain a waiver to attend one of our district schools. This amendment to Florida Statute 1002.31 is requiring our district to restructure our plan for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.

The new plan requires that any student who is living outside the zone set for each district school to complete an Annual School Reassignment Application yearly. Students who live outside the school district will also be required to complete the application. Priority will be given to Holmes District Schools students first, along with court orders, foster care and military relocation. Holmes School District has set student capacity limits at each of our schools. At this time, Holmes School District does not see an issue with students continuing to attend a school outside of their zone, but will require that the application process be followed for each student. 

A public hearing on the new plan is scheduled for February 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Holmes District School Board Office, 701 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Bonifay, Florida.

Click the Related Files link for draft versions of the plan and application form, as well as a list of frequently asked questions.  You may also request a hard copy of controlled open enrollment draft in person at the Holmes District School Board Office.