On December 14, 2020, we shared with you our intent of starting this calendar year in the Phase 1 (eLearning) mode due to the increases in COVID-19 incidence rates, positivity rates and trends, along with our concerns about the availability of staff. Prior to the winter break, there were staffing concerns at several schools across the district.
Now that we are in the second week of January, we continue to monitor the health data and the other indicators that assist us in making informed decisions regarding how we continue to navigate the impact that COVID-19 has on the district as it relates to instructional delivery. Presently, we know that the incidence rates continue to climb, and we continue to assess staffing levels.
Given where we are at this point, Richland One will remain in Phase 1 (eLearning) at least for two additional weeks, through Friday, January 29.
The rationale for this continuation is as follows:
§ We do not want to create a situation in which a series of schools may open only to have to close due to staffing concerns due to COVID-19 positivity rates, isolation and quarantine protocols.
§ We want to maintain as much consistency as possible in a particular learning modality.
§ Extending the return to eLearning also allows the district an opportunity to assess vaccination protocols for teachers and other staff.
Again, I appreciate all of our staff, students and parents for your understanding of the many complexities and challenges that we face due to the pandemic. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.
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Greetings Forest Heights Family!
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