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ECSD Website Provides Focus™ Parent Portal Account Instructional Videos

The ECSD Information Technology Department has created a series of instructional videos to assist parents in accessing and learning the new features and settings available in the Focus™ Parent Portal Account program. The videos offered at include:

1.    FOCUS™ for Parents: Why You Need A Parent Account
2.    FOCUS™ for Parents: How to Create A Parent Online Account
3.    FOCUS™ for Parents - Version 10 Updates

There are also written instructions available: Focus™ Parent Portal: Create a New Online Account.  Parents signing up for the first time will want to gather some necessary information (the list is also available on this page). 

Parents will need to know:

1.    A valid email address
2.    Your child’s date of birth
3.    Your child’s 6-digit ECSD student ID number
4.    The last four digits of your child’s Social Security Number

A Parent Portal Account will also allow parents of multiple school-aged children to navigate from one child’s information page to another, without having to log out in-between.

ECSD Families App

Once parents have established their Focus™ Parent Portal account and password, they can also access their child’s information by using a mobile device and downloading the ECSD Families App. This free app is available in the Apple App Store, or on the Google Play store for Android phones.  The icon graphic is an apple wearing a graduation cap.

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military family information

West Florida High is honored to support our military-connected students and their families through the Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) program!

What is a Military Family Life Counselor?

Military family life counselors (MFLCs) support military families through the unique challenges of military life, including cycles of deployment and reintegration, by providing non-medical, short-term counseling.

What is a MFLC’s role?

Military Family Life Counselors provide consultation, training, and educational presentations/ workshops to program faculty, staff, parents, and children. MFLC’s support augments services already in place at each school. Counselors take part in everyday school activities and events. They are available to support in areas related to deployment and reintegration; family dynamics; positive coping mechanisms; staff support and education; parent education and stress reduction. Counselors are also available to facilitate groups and trainings to build leadership skills; manage anger; build self-esteem and confidence and strengthen communication.

How are counselors selected?

Counselors are selected for their demonstrated expertise and training and are under the management of the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.  Counselors hold a masters degree or Ph.D., are licensed in their home states and have experience working with children and youth.  Counselors go through rigorous background checks before being placed in schools.

Why are counselors in certain schools and not others?

Schools are selected to receive MFLCs based on their percentage of military connected students.

Do counselors keep records about students and families?

No.  Services provided by counselors are private and confidential with the exception of mandatory federal and military reporting requirements (i.e., child abuse, domestic violence and other life-threatening situations).  No counseling records are maintained. 

Contact the Military Family Counselor for additional questions and links.


Dear West Florida Students and Parents/Guardians,

My name is Tanya White, and I am excited to serve as your Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) at West Florida High School this year! I am also excited for a new school year, and I look forward to working with all of you. I am located in room 409E and will be here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday. 

This school year will certainly present us with unique challenges. I am here as a resource not only for military students and families. This year, I am available to provide services both in person and remotely. Here are some of the ways I can support teachers and students(families):

·         Activities/presentations/groups on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to: communication skills, self-esteem/self-confidence, resolving conflicts, behavioral management techniques, helping children manage anger and other emotions, sibling/parental relationships, positive peer interactions and social skills, school adjustment, fear, grief, and loss. Military specific subjects include: deployment and separation, reintegration/reunion issues, and moving. (Note: These groups can be conducted both in person and remotely. Groups can be small or the whole classroom).

·         Individual, family, and group non-medical counseling sessions (both in person and remotely)

·         Staff consultations around a specific military student

·         Staff consultations around a specific classroom issue or dynamic

·         Attend/participate in parent meetings, virtual “Meet the Teacher” events, field trips, etc.

·         Student observations upon parent/staff request

·         Resources and referrals for services in the area (If I cannot provide services for a particular student, I will help you find someone who can!)

·         Provide MFLC program information, briefing, or presentation

Before I can begin offering services, I need to obtain consent from parents/guardians to provide services to children who are participating in the traditional school setting.  I am in the process of obtaining a list of military students and will then distribute consents to those students.  For remote/virtual students, I will not need physical consent forms as I will obtain parental consent at the beginning of each virtual counseling session or group.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that as a counselor, I am bound by confidentiality and privacy laws, meaning I am unable to discuss specifics shared with me by parents and students with whom I am working. Please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or requests. I am here to support in any way I can!

Thank you,
Tanya White, LMHC
Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
West Florida High School of Advanced Technology

(850) 417-4757


Senior Bulletin

new emails

Attention parents of car riders and bus riders

Attention Parents of Car Riders and Bus Riders:

Car riders will get dropped off in front of school, walk through side gates, and remain in the courtyard until school starts.  

Car riders will exit cars immediately upon arrival and move to the courtyard. 

Bus riders will move directly from bus ramp to courtyard and remain in that location until school starts.  

Chromebook Reminder

Please make sure your student charges his or her chromebook!


AP Courses @ WFHS

Click here to view the Q&A document.

Courses available on campus

AP Human Geography

AP Calculus

AP US History

AP World History

AP Economics

AP Government

AP Language

AP Literature

AP Environmental Science

AP Art History

Parents: do you have a new address?

The Escambia County School District arranges transportation and other services by referring to the address on file at your child's school.  

Please help us maintain accurate and timely service for your child and ensure we are able to contact you in the event of an emergency by keeping your address and phone number current at your child's school.

Contact the Main Office/Front Office to make the necessary changes as soon as possible.