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Superintendent's Letter - Confirmed Case of COVID-19 - Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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Dear Members of the Belmont Public Schools Community,

I write to inform you about one new case of confirmed COVID-19 in our school community.  We received confirmation from the Belmont Department of Health today, 11/25/2020 regarding this case.

This is what we know for certain at this time:

  • The Department of Health received confirmation of a laboratory testing report indicating that a school community member (i.e., student or staff) at the Roger Wellington Elementary School has been diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19. The community member was not in the school building during his/her contagious period.
  • According to MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) guidelines, the infectious period used for determining close contacts for COVID-19 is two days prior to becoming symptomatic or, if asymptomatic, two days prior to testing, up until the time the student/staff/teacher is isolated.  No close contacts were identified among the school community.

If you have any questions or concerns about the investigation process, protocols, or contact tracing please refer to:Nursing Health and Safety.

We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to continue our current educational program.

I am grateful for the proactive, swift, and responsive measures that have been taken by the Belmont Health Department and our Nursing Department to ensure the safety of everyone in the Belmont Public Schools community, and I thank you for your partnership.

We wish all members of our community continued good health.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.


John P. Phelan
Superintendent of Schools

CC:      J. Darias, Assistant Superintendent
            B. Rumley, BPS Director of Nursing
            W. Chin, Belmont Health Department
            H. Paisner-Roffman, Wellington Principal