By Carol Meyer
School officials remain committed to developing an equity and inclusion plan for the Hingham Public Schools, despite delays from having to shift their focus to COVID-19-related issues to help ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
Asst. Supt. of Schools Jamie LaBillois provided an update on the Equity Task Force to the School Committee recently. He was pleased to report that 46 educators participated in five separate book groups this summer, reading books related to educational equity.
Among the many initiatives is ensuring that each classroom library includes a variety of stories representing people of different cultures.
The HPS vision of equity developed by the task force states that "regardless of student background, experience, and knowledge, Hingham Public Schools students will be provided with opportunities and resources to develop socially, emotionally, and academically in a safe, supportive, enriching, and bias-free environment."
The SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) faculty analysis is expected to be ready by late October, and a report on the task force's findings and work at an as-yet-undetermined time.
"Our equity team is incredibly engaged," LaBillois said.