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Dear Winter Haven High School students, staff, families and supporters,
I would like to respond to the article published in The Ledger on Jan. 6 titled, “Polk schools now asking parents, teachers to choose in-person or eLearning.”
The article incorrectly states that the WHHS administration demanded that its employees return to in-person teaching. In fact, in the very email that the newspaper quoted, I wrote: “I have requested that all staff return to campus on January 19th.”
I made this request at a staff meeting prior to the winter break because we expect that at least 300 students will return to face-to-face learning with the start of the spring semester on Jan. 19. This is in addition to the 1,500 students we are already serving on campus. This will mean only approximately 400 students will be taking classes virtually.
We need our staff members on campus as well, to teach, support and help our students as they prepare for the next grade level or life after graduation. While The Ledger chose to focus on one exception, I am happy to report that the rest of my staff has responded positively to my request; those who were teaching remotely are planning to return to campus.
The article also quotes an employee as saying that WHHS is reporting inaccurate numbers of positive COVID cases. As part of the school district’s COVID communications protocols, all schools notify parents when there is a positive case that results in at least one other person at the school being quarantined. In these communications, schools may indicate the number of positive cases affecting their campuses on any given day. However, neither the schools nor the district track the number of positive cases and the number of individuals quarantined within our schools. We defer to the Florida Department of Health for that information; any discrepancies should be directed there.
The Ledger quoted one individual as saying: “There is inaccurate reporting of numbers — there are immense numbers of quarantined kids and numbers that don’t line up with the state numbers.” Again, we defer to the Florida Department of Health for an accurate number of positive cases, and we rely on their expertise in determining who should quarantine, be it one person, dozens, or more. Even one positive case can result in numerous individuals being quarantined in order to protect their health and safety and minimize spread of the virus. The number of individuals quarantined is not an indicator of the number of positive cases.
The coronavirus pandemic has presented extremely difficult challenges for both Winter Haven High School and the district as a whole. Regardless of what The Ledger chose to report on Jan. 6, the truth is this: Even amid once-unimaginable conditions, my staff and I have remained deeply committed to delivering high-quality education and protecting the health and safety of everyone who steps foot on our campus. To my staff, I am deeply thankful for all that you do and honored to serve as your principal.
Gina K. Williams
Winter Haven High School
Yearbook Senior Recognition Ads
The deadline to purchase a senior recognition ad for the Yearbook is February 1st. log on to www.jostensadservice.com to purchase and create your ad.
The deadline to have personalization on your yearbook is February 14th. See me for an order form or log on to www.jostens.com to purchase.
Introducing the inaugural Mid-Winter Classic 5K race benefitting the Lady Blue Devils Cross Country and Track and Field teams. A family-friendly event at Simmers-Young Park, 9am on Saturday, February 13. Click HERE to register.
Senior Cap And Gown Photos
January 26th in the Media Center
Cap and Gown photos will take place on January 26th in the Media Center. You must have an appointment to be photographed. The appointment sign-up is located on the WHHS Class of 2021 Schoology group page.
The senior panoramic photo has been re-scheduled to January 20th during the beginning of 4th period in the gym. This is also an early dismissal day, so mark your calendars and don’t miss it!!!
The deadline to purchase a senior recognition ad in the yearbook is February 1st. All orders must be placed online at www.jostensadservice.com. See Mrs. Jaime for more information.
Herff Jones will be taking cap and gown orders in the cafeteria during all lunches on Tuesday, January 26th. This is the last time they will be back on campus, so don’t miss it!
Ridge is accepting students second semester. Please click HERE to view their Virtual Open House. For additional information regarding requirements, enrollment process or a particular program, please contact Student Services at 863-419-3060.
If you would like to donate to this amazing service project, you may bring/send gift cards (Walmart, Target, McDonalds, Subway, Publix, Starbucks, VISA etc.) to Winter Haven High School in an envelope. Please address the envelope as BD4L, to Mrs. Walden, Sponsor of the Culture Connection Club or Dr. Miller, Sponsor of the Key Club.
Please click HERE to review important safety protocols.
Parking permits will be before and after school. This is for 10th-12th grade only face to face students. Please come to the main office and you will be allowed in one at a time. You will need to bring the following:
Valid Driver’s License – No Permits
Current Car Registration
Current Insurance Card
A Parent Webinar Series
The FDLRS Administration Project and Associate Centers
Network are proud to offer a series of parent webinars to take
place virtually over the 2020-2021 school year. Please click HERE for dates and topics.
Mrs. Williams has set up a Class of 2021 Remind account. Please subscribe by texting the message @bh6b6b to 81010.
Underclassmen will use the same Remind account from last year. Please subscribe by texting the message @whhsun to 81010.
Parents and students, please be aware that there will be no checkouts after 1:00 p.m. Students, please be aware that if you are caught leaving campus without permission it will result in an automatic 3 day OSS. (Out of school suspension). Attention Students: Career Connections is a partnership between WHHS and the Chamber of Commerce. Are you interested in meeting with a community business leader to learn about a specific career field? If so, sign up for the Career Connections Program. See Mrs. Jaime in room 35-223 for more information. Application forms are available in the Main Office.
Please review the attached FDEP information; an annual letter concerning monitored sites through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Click here to see what the Blue Devils are up to
Parents and students, please be aware that there will be no checkouts after 1:00 p.m.
Students, please be aware that if you are caught leaving campus without permission it will result in an automatic 3 day OSS. (Out of school suspension).
Attention Students: Career Connections is a partnership between WHHS and the Chamber of Commerce.
Are you interested in meeting with a community business leader to learn about a specific career field? If so, sign up for the Career Connections Program. See Mrs. Jaime in room 35-223 for more information. Application forms are available in the Main Office.