11.19.2021 QPS Newsletter

11.19.2021 QPS Newsletter
Posted on 11/19/2021

Dear Quincy Public Schools Students, Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

Over the past two weeks we have heard from many students, staff members, families, and community members expressing concerns of systemic racism, discrimination, and climate and culture issues within Quincy Public Schools.  Some of these concerns were shared at school-based student forums and remote and in-person parent/guardian forums that included restorative circles both with our students and our families.  This week, we also met with the Quincy High School student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion group, Citywide Parent Council Equity, Diversity & Inclusion representatives, and have held multiple staff meetings at school sites. 

Throughout all of these meetings, consistent topics for areas of improvement have emerged:

  •  revising and updating the student handbook;
  •  curriculum revisions and updates that create opportunities for all students to see themselves within the curriculum;
  •  implementing culturally responsive teaching practices in all of our classrooms;
  •  recognizing, learning about, and celebrating our diverse cultures within the district;
  •  establishing student mentor initiatives; and
  • the diversification of staff to better reflect the student population. 

We recognize that there is much work to be done and identifying these priorities is an  important step forward.  Quincy Public Schools is committed to engaging in this work and will be forming an Equity Work Group to undertake the work required to accomplish these tasks.  This group will include representative students, parents, guardians, staff, and administrators interested in collaborating on these goals.  Within the next two weeks, we will be sharing a timeline that will include short-term and long-term action steps focused on the ultimate goal of creating a safe and inclusive school community and details for how you can become involved in this Equity Work Group.

We appreciate all of the students, parents, guardians, staff, and community members who shared their experiences, ideas, and suggestions with us and we look forward to continuing the conversation.  Future newsletters will highlight this important work as we make positive change together as a community.

Sincerely,

Kevin W. Mulvey, J.D., Superintendent of Schools

Erin Perkins, Assistant Superintendent