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School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan

School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan

date 8/28/2020
Dear Belmont Community, Please see the remote schedules presented at the August 25 School Committee meeting for elementary, middle, and high school students on the COVID-19 School Opening Fall 2020 page as well as the School Committee documents page. These remote models and schedules were presented by BHS Principal Isaac Taylor, Chenery Principal Karla Koza, and Butler Principal Danielle Betancourt for the elementary schools with principals in attendance at the meeting. These remote schedules give you an idea of an academic day for the student. We are fortunate to have been able to collaborate with our teachers regarding these schedules, and we thank all of our principals and educators for their planning and work throughout the summer. If you wish to view the August 25 meeting, please go to the Belmont Media website. iCal

Form to submit questions/concerns after August 25 School Committee Meeting

Form to submit questions/concerns after August 25 School Committee Meeting

date 8/25/2020
Thank you to all who participated in the August 25 School Committee meeting. If you have questions or concerns, please click on this Google Form to share it with us. Your feedback will be used to inform the continuing work of the School Department and the School Committee. If you were not able to watch the meeting, you can view the recording at the Belmont Media Center website.

How The FBE Virtual Apple Run Will Work!

How The FBE Virtual Apple Run Will Work!

date 8/25/2020
FBE Virtual Apple Run Details. With 2020 being a virtual event, the 5K and 2K races will be run during a window that opens on Friday, October 2nd and closes at the end of the day on Monday, October 12th. To run AND be eligible for a PRIZE: Participants must run the Apple Run 5K or 2K routes during that window. Participants submit a GPS file or link from Garmin, Strava or other fitness trackers for verification, or there will be an option to sign up to be timed by a volunteer during the run window. Free Run Tracking apps iCal

School Opening Fall 2020 - SC Meetings, Flu Shot and COVID Testing Mobile Units

School Opening Fall 2020 - SC Meetings, Flu Shot and COVID Testing Mobile Units

date 8/24/2020
Dear Belmont Community, We have School Committee meetings coming up that are of interest to our families. Please go to the Notices and Agenda section of the School Committee page on the BPS website the day before the meeting for access to the agenda.  To view the meetings live or On Demand later, please go to the Belmont Media Center page.

DESE and MIAA Guidance on Modified Sports

DESE and MIAA Guidance on Modified Sports

date 8/20/2020
We received joint sports guidance for the 2020-2021 school year from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). This guidance has identified some sports as safe to play and some sports as “practice only.”

Student Device Distribution Update

Student Device Distribution Update

date 8/19/2020
As we prepare for remote learning this Fall, we need to ensure every student has their own device. For families who have not as yet signed up to receive a district-issued device, we’ve added additional pickup dates beginning on August 31. Pickup dates are no longer assigned by grade; and as such, you can pick up for multiple students on the same day and time, regardless of grade level. If you are picking up for more than one student, please ensure you make a reservation for each student.

Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 2.0

Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 2.0

date 8/17/2020
In an effort to provide continuous updates we would like to share with you the Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 2.0 which includes several updates.  The additions to the document include an updated community letter along with the newly voted  2020-2021 School Calendar/Professional Development Days section representing the Department of Elementary and Secondary of Education delayed start for students.

Register Now for the FBE Virtual Apple Run 2020!

Register Now for the FBE Virtual Apple Run 2020!

date 8/17/2020
2020 COUCH-2-5K TRAINING PROGRAM - START TODAY! This year we are inviting you all to join in the Couch-2-5k training program at no additional cost. Please email our race co-director, ultra marathoner, finisher of over 180 events, and Couch-2-5K coach Scot DeDeo to receive training details via your email. Weekly emails include beginner and moderate training programs and articles, and they will also be posted weekly to the FBE Facebook page. iCal

Update on Opening Plans for Special Education Students

Update on Opening Plans for Special Education Students

date 8/17/2020
As many of you know already, the school district will be taking a phased approach to instruction this Fall.  For many of our special education families, this has prompted a lot of questions about the delivery of IEP supports and services during the various phases.  In an effort to provide some clarification for our families, please find some informational bullet points below.

Vote on Return to Learning Plan

Vote on Return to Learning Plan

date 8/12/2020
Last night, August 12, the School Committee voted for a phased approach toward reopening our schools with full remote learning beginning Phase 1 when we return to learning in September. We have had tremendous feedback from the community through the survey submitted, numerous emails, and questions presented to the School Administration and the School Committee. The information from the survey is valuable to inform a hybrid model that incorporates families’ schedules of what works best (day/week/split day). Please see the Return to Learning presentation given to the School Committee on August 12.

Fall Re-Opening 2020 Survey Data

Fall Re-Opening 2020 Survey Data

date 8/11/2020
Thank you for your participation and feedback during the School Committee meeting last Thursday and for your survey input over the weekend. We would like to share the survey data we collected so you may review in advance of the School Committee meeting tonight at 6:30 pm.  iCal

Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 1.0 Document and Presentation to the School Committee

Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 1.0 Document and Presentation to the School Committee

date 8/7/2020
Thank you for participation in the School Committee meetings this week. Hundreds of you attended both School Committee virtual meetings on August 4 and 6. More than 600 questions were submitted in the Google document in preparation for the community forum on August 6 in addition to many of you asking your questions during the meeting.

2020-21 School Opening Options and Survey and Questions

2020-21 School Opening Options and Survey and Questions

date 8/5/2020
We presented the hybrid and remote learning options for fall 2020 school opening at the August 4 School Committee meeting. You can view the meeting at the Belmont Media Center website if you were unable to attend. The presentation presented at the School Committee meeting can be viewed here.

Belmont COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Belmont COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

date 8/3/2020
In response to the loss of income to Belmont households due to COVID-19, the Belmont Housing Trust has created an Emergency Rental Assistance Program using Community Preservation Act funds. The program is temporary in nature, and funding is limited. Applications are being accepted beginning Monday, July 26th.