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Hope Schools Plan Virtual Town Hall Meetings

By Ken McLemore, Hope Public Schools, 06/21/20 5:36 PM


HOPE – A series of internet-based public forums will be conducted by the Hope Public Schools to gain more feedback and encourage use of an on-going survey regarding the planning for re- opening public schools in Hope in August.

HPS Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hart will moderate the forums to be livestreamed on Facebook beginning this Tuesday, June 23rd at 6 p.m.

“We want to do due diligence in bringing local involvement into the re-entry to school,” Dr. Hart said in announcing the series of at least two such forums. “We want this to be a fact-finding exercise toward the creation of a dialogue within the community.”

He said the HPS plan for re-opening schools is expected to be completed for presentation to the Hope School Board after the July 4th holiday.

The forums are designed as a collaboration toward that end, Hart said.

Hart will act as moderator with HPS administrators who will be on hand to provide insights and answer questions from the community, he said. Viewing the live-streamed Facebook session will be open to anyone, and a Facebook account will not be required to view only.

Viewers who wish to participate by asking questions may do so by emailing questions to www.townhall@hpsdistrict.org before and during the livestream.

Questions should pertain to the five areas which the HPS has identified as relevant to its planning, including online instruction/access, transportation, food services, extra-curricular activities, and attendance.

The district will ask that participating viewers observe best practices for the meeting, including:

–After initially joining, please mute computer microphone.

–Please use the chat window for questions not pertaining to announced topics.

–Please do not use any inappropriate language, pictures or video.

–Please type your full name in the Zoom window.

Zoom meeting invitation information necessary is as follows:

Topic: HPS Virtual Town Meeting Time: Jun 23, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 939 4670 6070 Password: 4rXdZ9

Dial in with your phone if internet device unavailable: 

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 939 4670 6070 Password: 906570 

Parents of HPS students interested in participating in the district’s on-going survey regarding re- opening schools may do so by clicking the link in the bulletin board of the HPS website on the upper-right of the administration web page.

Hard copies of the survey will become available at the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, Hempstead County Library, local businesses, local churches, and at the HPS Administration Building, 117 E. Second St., Hope, 71801, and should be returned there by mail.