You and Two

News & updates for Richland Two Parents 2/22/21


  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH
  • LEADER TO LEARN FROM
  • LEARNING MODEL SELECTION CHANGES
  • SCHOOL MEALS ARE FREE BUT FREE/REDUCED-PRICE MEALS STATUS STILL IMPORTANT
  • DMS NATIONAL SCHOOL TO WATCH
  • UPCOMING BOARD MEETING
  • IMPORTANT DATES
  • NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 4K
  • FREE COVID TESTING

Tune in today at 6 p.m. for the 2021 Black History Month Program.

You will get to hear from our honorees, enjoy student performances & hear stories about our rich culture and heritage.
Richland School District Two 2021 Black History Month Celebration

DR. DAVIS SELECTED A 2021 LEADER TO LEARN FROM

Richland School District Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis has been named a 2021 Leader to Learn From for his leadership in equity, a recognition from Education Week. Education Week is a K-12 education news and information magazine.


The Leaders to Learn From program highlights cutting-edge district leaders who drew on the foundations they laid and a wellspring of strong relationships to meet their students’ and staffs’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges of the school year.


Upon receiving the award Dr. Davis said, "I'm honored to accept this recognition on behalf of our Board, employees and most importantly our students and their families. I want to thank Education Week for spotlighting the work we are doing in Richland Two, and I am appreciative and humbled by the selection."


Click here to read more.

LEARNING MODEL SELECTION CHANGES

The next deadline to change a student's Learning Model Selections is Feb. 25. Changes will take effect on March 1. Parents must contact their child's school to request a change.

SCHOOL MEALS ARE FREE BUT FREE/REDUCED-PRICE MEALS STATUS STILL IMPORTANT

Even though school meals are free for the remainder of the 2020–2021 school year, families who may be eligible should still apply for this status. Here’s why:

The school district is able to waive or reduce schools fees for families who qualify for free/reduced-price meals.

Click here to read more about who is eligible.

Click here to start an application.


Click here to check a student's status.

DMS NATIONAL SCHOOL TO WATCH

Dent Middle is the latest school in Richland School District Two to make the list of Schools to Watch® by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The school’s emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to young adolescents’ needs and interests, and commitment to providing all students equal access to a high quality education resulted in this well-deserved recognition.


To be selected as a School to Watch, schools are: Academically Excellent in providing a curriculum rigorous and relevant to the real world; Developmentally Responsive in meeting the unique needs of adolescents; Socially Equitable in providing all students access to high-quality classes and the support they need to achieve at high levels; Organized with Supportive Structures where there is shared leadership, collaborative learning communities, targeted professional development and effective organizational structures.


Click here to read more about this award.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

The Richland Two Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled board meeting on Feb. 23. Executive Session begins at 5:30 p.m. and Public Session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


The meeting will be held in the Conference Center at R2i2 located at 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, 29229. Due to the restrictions on public gatherings related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the seating capacity for the members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in-person is limited to 30. Individuals attending the meeting must wear face masks.


In case that capacity is reached and to provide members of the public the ability to watch the meeting from the safety of their home, the meeting will also be streamed live at http://www.richland2.org/livestream.


Click the following link to view the agenda for the Feb. 23 Board Meeting:

http://go.boarddocs.com/sc/rsd2/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BWCJD44C8409


Public Participation is on the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 23. The Board sets aside a maximum of 30 minutes (15 minutes at the beginning and 15 minutes prior to the end of the public portion of the meeting). As each speaker is allotted three minutes, Public Participation will be limited to the first 10 people who sign up to speak (five during the first Public Participation and five during the second Public Participation). The sign-up to speak will open at 5 p.m. and close at 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the lobby of R2i2.


PAST MEETINGS: Click here to view the video of the Feb. 9 meeting and here to read the minutes from the meeting.


UPCOMING MEETING: Board Meeting on March 9, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

Feb. 22 — Black History Month Virtual Program

Feb. 25 — Deadline to request learning model change that will go into effect on March 1

Feb. 26 — Early dismissal @ elementary schools

March 5 — Early dismissal @ elementary schools

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 4K

If you have a child who will be 4 on or before Sept. 1, don't miss out on the chance to apply for 4K. The Richland Two Center for Child Development offers free 4K Child Development Classes to students who qualify based on developmental readiness, free- or reduced-price meal status or other risk factors.


The application will close on Friday, March 26, 2021. Placements are for the 2021-2022 school year. Space is limited so do not wait to apply. Children must be 4 on or before September 1 to apply.

FREE COVID TESTING CONTINUES @ r2i2

The free testing site is open to all 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Saturday in the parking lot at r2i2. Click the button above to pre-register.

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