A week before schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County system are set to begin the 2020-21 school year with nine weeks of remote learning, Superintendent Angela Hairston talked about some of the challenges of the past year and what lies ahead. Hired one year ago, Hairston oversaw the transition from in-person to online learning in mid-March to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
Despite the challenges of keeping kids engaged and preparing schools for in-person learning that may come in October, Hairston said she is excited for the coming school year and heartened by the community's willingness to help reach kids who may be at-risk for falling behind.
"I walked into my office (Monday), and I had 10 cards from community members saying, 'You're in our prayers.' We are very supported," Hairston said. "And that doesn't happen in every community."