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FPS Equity Audit

December 1, 2023

Dear FPS Families and Staff:

As we have shared with you in previous communications, the Falmouth Public School District is undertaking an equity audit. This important process is part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). We believe it is essential for students and adults of all backgrounds and identities to feel safe and welcome in our schools, and this equity audit is designed to help address any bias and disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, language, ability, national origin, and socioeconomic status.

We have launched a new page on our website about the equity audit, which we invite you to visit for more information. We began this work last spring, in partnership with an external organization, the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC). In order to examine the experiences and outcomes of students throughout the district, MAEC has begun to examine a great deal of data, and school-based teams have completed self-assessments.

Now, we invite members of the FPS community to complete a brief survey about your experiences. Surveys will be administered to three different groups during December. Staff members will complete their surveys in school during their regular staff meeting. Students in grades 4-12 will complete their surveys in school on designated days in December. The parent/ guardian survey will be available from December 11 - 22. Principals will contact the staff and families in their schools with schedules and additional details.

We want to share some important information about the student survey:

  • Students in grades 4 - 12 will take the surveys during class time.
  • There are three versions of the student survey, tailored to age groups: view survey questions by clicking on the links for grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12.
  • The surveys are anonymous. The results will be associated with the student’s school but not with a particular classroom or teacher.
  • The survey is estimated to require about 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • All questions on the survey are multiple-choice. This is not a test, and there are no “right answers.” The survey is designed to gather students’ opinions about their experiences in school related to three major areas: academic expectations; safety and relationships; and attitude and culture.
  • Students may skip or decline to answer any question on the survey.
  • Students will be asked several demographic questions, including their gender, race/ethnicity, and home language(s). These questions are also optional.
  • Parents/guardians who do not want their child to participate in the survey may complete an opt-out form. Students who are not taking the survey will be given an in-class activity during that time.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please speak to the principal of your school, or contact Henry St. Julien: Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, 508-548-0151, ext.172, hstjulien@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

MAEC is scheduled to present its findings to the School Committee and the community in the spring. Based on the findings, the district will work with school-based equity teams to develop DEIB plans to guide the work moving forward.

We hope that you will take the time to add your perspective to this important process, and we look forward to sharing the results with the community.

Sincerely,

Lori S. Duerr, Ed.D.     
Superintendent of Schools         

Henry St. Julien
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging