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  •  Richland One Phase 2 Reopening Plan:

    §  Week of October 12: Some Students with Disabilities (SWDs) will begin going to school to receive services. The determination of which students will attend will be based on IEPs (Individualized Education Programs). Parents will be notified if their child is to attend.

    • Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 will be asynchronous learning days for students. No eLearning/virtual classes will be held on those two days to allow teachers time to prepare for the upcoming Phase 2 transitions. Teachers will provide assignments for students so that practice and learning can continue.


    §  Week of October 26: Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 2 will go to school for in-person instruction one day per week. Parents will be notified by their child's school of the day they will attend.


     *Starting November 4th: All students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 will return to school, and we will begin Phase 2 (hybrid model) of our reopening plan. This means that all students will attend school two days per week. Parents will be notified by their child's school of the days they are scheduled to attend.



    Parents who are not comfortable with their child returning to school for face-to-face instruction should complete the Virtual School Program application form on the #RestartStrong landing page ( Similarly, parents who have an interest in transferring their child from the Virtual School Program to the phase-in model should complete the Virtual School Program withdrawal form on the same site. Parents will be notified regarding whether their child is accepted for the Virtual School Program or if their child’s transfer from the Virtual School Program to the phase-in model is approved.


    There are many more details embedded in our plans that will be communicated in the coming days. These details include, but are not limited to, the assignment of A or B days, information regarding transportation and information about when students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 will transition to attending school more than two days per week. 

Forest Heights Elementary November 2020 Newsletter

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    Reopening of Schools Guide 2020-2021 School Year (PDF)

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    *If you are having trouble accessing usernames/passwords, please call the school at (803) 691-3780. The school will be able to assist you with any issues regarding Teams and other school resources (DISCUS, Bookflix, Dreambox, etc.)

    *If you are having Internet connection issues or any other device issue (sound, display, etc.) please call the IT Help Desk at (803) 231-7436.

    *If your device has physical damage, please call Forest Heights at (803) 691-3780, so that you can return it for a replacement device. It is very important that you call the school ahead of time before you come to the school for a replacement.







    Click Below to Register students for Kindergarten.

    Click Below to Register students who are NEW to Forest Heights.




    New Student Forms Needed:  

    1. Long Form Copy of Birth Certificate
    2. Shot Record
    3. Copy of Lease or Mortgage Statement
    4. Utility Bill
    5. Photo ID of Parent or Guardian





  • Greetings Forest Heights Family!

    Dr. Johnson

    My name is Dr. Winnie Johnson and I am an educator with 34+ years of experience. Originating from New Jersey, I moved to South Carolina two years ago from the metro Atlanta area where I served in Henry County Schools for 24 years in several capacities. After that, I served as Head of School for East Point Academy Charter School in West Columbia. My background includes speech/language pathology, school counseling, special education, human resource administration and school leadership as an assistant principal and as an elementary principal. Additionally, I have raised three amazing children who are now adults giving back to society in their own special ways!

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Our Eagle Family is ready to take off and SOAR to another level this year!  We have adopted a Growth Mindset where we believe that all of our students CAN grow and perform to their highest potential. We are preparing our students for college and careers! To that end, we are equipping ourselves as a Forest Heights Family to help our students get there.  We invite you to join us in this journey!

    I continue to maintain positive energy and commitment to success for each student at Forest Heights. I am committed to Excellence in Teaching and Continued Student Growth. This translates into ensuring that all our teachers and support staff are provided an array of strategies, resources and administrative support that will enable them to address the specific educational needs of all students at Forest Heights. This will include a strong focus on professional development for teachers, adult learning opportunities for our parents, a focus on pride and ownership for students in their own education, equity and access to the most engaging classroom opportunities for students, and my personal commitment that all administrative staff will approach our roles as instructional leaders with optimism and team spirit!

    My passion includes embracing and loving the students that we serve because I know that it is impossible to teach them if you don’t build positive relationships with them. As the school leader, I am always focused on school improvement because an effective learning environment strives to continually assess the work and find ways to improve upon areas that require strengthening. Moreover, it is imperative that parents are involved in the education of their children. I look forward to the continued partnerships we have built this past year with all stakeholders both in the school and in the community.  Through an active PTO and SIC, we will work together to enhance the learning of all students at Forest Heights. My philosophy has always been to make the school an environment where children love coming to learn, staff enjoy coming to work, and parents and community members are part of the learning process. Early on, I adopted the adage, “It takes a village!” You are part of our village and we welcome you to take part in this. I am confident that if our students come to school – everyday – ready to learn and they are fully aware that they CAN grow and succeed, we can get the job done! We pledge to do our part and we know that you will join forces with us and become a vital part of our learning community!

    Through our collective Communication, Collaboration and Commitment, we will make this village work!  We believe that:

     “Eagles Fly High….No Matter What!”

    Dr. Winnie Johnson, Principal



    Assistant Principal, Lindsay Butler                                          Assistant Principal, Alexandria Gillcrese                                          

    Butler                                                                                Mrs. Gillcrese