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Hingham parents to rally in support of reopening schools 

By: Greg Lane, Hingham Current Staff, August 6, 2020  
Entrance to Foster School [Hingham Current News File Photo / Greg Lane]

Hingham Parents for Full-Time School is holding a rally outside Hingham Town Hall tonight at 5:00 PM to show their support for the reopening the schools. The rally is specifically timed ahead of tomorrow night's School Committee meeting in which there will a vote on a plan for the upcoming school year. 

Parents who are disappointed with the current plan and want Hingham schools to return as many students to the classroom setting as possible- based on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidance and recommendations would like their voices to be heard. "Our children need to be in the classroom to learn most effectively," said Suzanne Garland, organizer of the Hingham Parents for Full-Time School. "This is the foundation of their entire educational experience. We cannot take that away from our students."

On Tuesday, Superintendent Paul Austin told parents on a Zoom conference call that it will cost $5-6 million to reopen schools under the DESE guidelines. "Returning students to the classroom will take money, time, creativity and cooperation from everyone in the community," stated Garland, "but I am confident we can do it. The Selectmen have a rainy day fund. We need to dip into it. This is not a rainy day. It is a monsoon."