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A Message from the Superintendent

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Dear Belmont Staff and Families,

On Tuesday night, there was a violent incident in Belmont that included racial epithets which resulted in the death of one of our Belmont Public School parents. After learning of this tragic event on Wednesday, the Wellington School administration reached out to support the family, staff, and students.

Last night, all of our principals communicated with their staff to bring the situation to their attention in order to be prepared to receive their students who may have questions and concerns. The support that our staff provides is rooted in the work we have done over the last five years on anti-racist training and community discussions with our partners such as Belmont Against Racism (BAR), Belmont Educators of Color and Allies (BECA), the School Committee’s “Equity Sub Committee”, and others. First and foremost, our goal is to provide the opportunity to answer student questions, make them feel valued and safe, and to ensure that we are “marking the moment” to reaffirm our stance against any and all incidents of racism. We remain conscious that these incidents effect our entire community and uniquely impacts our black and brown students, staff and families.

Today, we are hoping to draw on our humanity and come together as a community to support this family that has been so tragically impacted. Please know the school faculty and staff will continue to work with our children and the community on the issue of race and equity. We would also like to let you know Belmont residents are holding a vigil tonight at Cushing Square from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. We encourage you to participate.

We end this challenging week with the understanding that there is much work to do and a solid foundation in our community to do so.


John P. Phelan
Superintendent of Schools
Town of Belmont