Welcome Back to School Hingham!
August 26, 2022
💬 A Message from our Superintendent 💬
Every new school year is an exciting time as we begin again. We are excited to welcome our students, families, teachers, and staff back to a new school year. We hope that the summer has provided everyone with many opportunities to rest and rejuvenate.
The past two years of COVID-19 have been challenging for our students, families, educators, and staff. However, we learned that we are resilient, creative, and innovative as a community, and even through a worldwide pandemic, we can meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. We can build upon what we have learned and create a path forward that helps our community heal from those challenges and also continue to provide a high-quality education for all our students.
This summer, our school/district leaders and staff have been preparing for our students, families, and educators to return. We are grateful to our facilities personnel who have worked tirelessly to prepare classrooms for the first day of school and a new school year. Plymouth River students will be welcomed by a school facelift that includes new windows. We have been busy hiring new teachers and school/district leaders and are excited to welcome them to our community. Our school and district leaders have met many times this year as a team to help create a path forward for Hingham.
In addition, this summer, the Hingham school committee approved a three-year strategic plan that will support a vision forward for improvement in teaching and learning. It will build upon the district’s strong commitment to educational excellence and the dedication of our educators. The strategic plan outlines a core mission for the district, our schools, and classrooms: Together with students, staff, families and community, we cultivate an equitable, inclusive, innovative learning environment that empowers all students to contribute to their local and global community. Our mission statement outlines who we are and highlights our fundamental reason for existing. It explains what we do as a school district, who we serve, and what our intended outcomes are.
Importantly, the strategic plan is also titled “Hingham Together.” It is through the collective efforts of all of us, our students, parents, teachers, staff, and leaders that we will be able to realize our goals.
We look forward to welcoming our students to school in a few weeks. Let’s make it a great year and work together as a community on behalf of all of our students. Please find below many important updates to help your family prepare for the new school year.
Dr. Margaret Adams
Superintendent of Schools
Hingham Public Schools
🗓️ Important Dates 🗓️
🛠️ September 5 - Labor Day, No School
🎒 September 6 - 1st Day of School Grades 1-12
🎒 September 8 - 1st Day of School Kindergarten
⏰ School Hours ⏰
1st Week of School Lunch Menus
🍎 Free School Meals 🍎
Due to state allocation for universal meals for all schools, students will be provided again this year one free meal in the morning and another for lunch.
The following pieces are for any additional food options beyond the first meal. A price increase was approved in July by the Hingham School Committee. The last increase in meals was over eight years ago. Increased personnel and food costs have required an increase to cover the cost. From our comparisons, eating Hingham’s school meals can still be considered one of the most valuable healthy options on the market today! Please see the grid below for the updated prices of items purchased in the cafeterias. If families are experiencing hardship and need assistance please feel free to contact Kim Smyth our Food Service Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or also contact your school’s principal or assistant principal.
Free & Reduced Lunch Program
While school meals will be free this year, it is important that families fill out the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application so they may qualify for additional meal benefits and other local/school-related fees.
🚌 Bus Routes 2022-2023 🚌
➡️ New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 ⬅️
Isolation and Exposure Guidance and Protocols
On August 15th, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Department of Public Health released their COVID-19 guidance for the opening of schools. In addition to following this guidance, the district will actively monitor local and state COVID-19 numbers and respond appropriately to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Please see below a summary of the important guidance.
Isolation and Exposure Precautions - All students and staff should follow the updated isolation and exposure guidance issued by DPH, in alignment with recently issued guidance from CDC.
Contact tracing is no longer recommended statewide in K-12 schools.
Masking - There is no statewide requirement or recommendation for universal masking in schools, apart from in school health offices. As always, any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face a higher risk from COVID-19, will be supported in that choice.
COVID-19 Testing - In line with recent CDC guidance, pool (screening) testing and test to stay will not be implemented.
Vaccinations - All individuals are encouraged to stay up-to-date with vaccination as vaccines remain the best way to help protect yourself and others.
Parents and caregivers are asked to remain vigilant for the following COVID-19 symptoms. Caregivers are asked to report any positive cases of their children to their school nurse immediately. The information shared with nurses will remain confidential. The reporting will allow the schools to monitor any outbreaks and respond appropriately.
Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle aches or body aches
Cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)
Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
Nausea, vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms
Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies), when in combination with other symptoms