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Superintendent Message - Recommendations for Wearing Masks

Dear BPS Parents and Guardians,

The continued increase in BPS COVID-19 case numbers is reflective of what is going on in the community and the state. The CDC has declared the Middlesex county community level of COVID cases to be high.

The Belmont Health Department strongly recommends that everyone wear a mask when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, due to the increased level of spread of COVID-19 in the community.

We ask for your continued support in this effort, particularly at times like this when we experience increasing cases.

In an environment where many mitigations have been lifted and COVID cases continue to rise, we ask that you consider the following recommendations as an added layer of protection for our community:

  • Consider having your student wear a mask while in school.  We are not mandating but strongly recommend this added layer of protection.
  • Wear a mask if any symptoms are present, even if antigen tests remain negative.
  • Wear a mask for 10 days if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19  regardless of your vaccination status. This includes cases within the home. (Per CDC guidance.)
  • Parents, guardians, and family members are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when visiting our schools. Masks will be made available at all schools.

With the end of school comes important milestones for many students, whether it is graduation, a moving up ceremony, classroom showcase, performing arts program, or school event; please help us hold these special events without disruption and as safely as possible.

I appreciate your help and partnership in keeping our community safe.


John P. Phelan
Superintendent of Schools
Town of Belmont