School news in brief: School reopening plan submitted; community resources offered

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August 12, 2020 by Carol Britton Meyer

Supt. of Schools Paul Austin submitted the final Hingham Public Schools reopening plan to the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education last Friday.

At this week's School Committee meeting, Austin emphasized that the phased-in remote/hybrid learning plan recommended to, and approved by, the School Committee last week is subject to change, contingent on additional DESE guidance and local COVID-19 metrics.

"The School Committee and administration continue to receive a great deal of communication from the community, expressing support, feedback, and offers to help," Committee Chair Kerry Ni told the Hingham Anchor. "We are working to coordinate all of the offers to donate time, resources, and dollars so the administration can make the best use of community resources."

Austin noted that the district is in real need of short- and long-term substitute teachers and asked that anyone interested in filling that role apply as soon as possible.

To apply, visit this link -- -- which outlines the process and has an application that candidates can complete and mail to: Hingham School Department, 220 Central St., Hingham, MA 02043.

The School Committee also voted to adopt the 2020-2021 school calendar. Sept. 16 will be the first day for students. The calendar will be posted on the HPS website.

In other business, committee members approved a virtual sixth-grade program at Su Escuela, with a Sept. 1 starting date.

Following a virtual site visit to tour the proposed program on Aug. 4, the Community Outreach Subcommittee unanimously agreed to recommend full approval of the program.

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