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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.

DESE Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020

DESE Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020

date 7/28/2020
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the final Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020. We also received Additional Staff Training Days (changes to 180 day requirement) outlining the agreement the Commissioner made with the state teachers’ unions to allow for additional staff training days at the start of the 2020-21 school year. This will be discussed and voted by the School Committee at their meetings next week.

Save-the-Date FBE Fall Events 2020!

Save-the-Date FBE Fall Events 2020!

date 7/28/2020
FBE FALL EVENTS 2020. Mark your calendars for the FBE VIRTUAL Apple Run, October 2-12, AND the FBE VIRTUAL Spelling Bee, November 7, 2020!

Update on School Opening and School Committee Presentation

Update on School Opening and School Committee Presentation

date 7/20/2020
At the School Committee meeting held on July 16, Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias gave a presentation called Update on School Opening 2020-2021. As you know, DESE requested a feasibility study looking at a 3-foot physically distanced full-opening, which is due by July 31. This was originally reported to you in the Superintendent’s Summer Update, sent on July 9. We are also preparing plans for hybrid and remote options, due to DESE by August 10.

DESE Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance

DESE Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance

date 6/25/2020
I write to you today with an update on the School Opening for fall 2020. As you may be aware, for the past several months the School Department has been working on options for opening school in September given the evolving  challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This work has included meetings with our educators, Leadership Council, PTO Presidents, Belmont Health Department and other Town Leaders. In addition we have held two School Committee meetings dedicated to this subject.

Creating Change for Racial Justice - Discussion with Community Leaders

Creating Change for Racial Justice - Discussion with Community Leaders

date 6/17/2020
Creating Change for Racial Justice - Live Call-in Discussion with Belmont Community Leaders on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 PM. Belmont Against Racism and the Belmont Media Center are sponsoring a panel discussion. Two high school graduates are moderators. iCal

FBE Thank You with STAR Awards

FBE Thank You with STAR Awards

date 6/15/2020
The FBE would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all the Belmont Public School teachers, staff, and administrators for an amazing year, and of course, a particularly incredible last three months! We wish you, and the Belmont community, a restful summer, and look forward to seeing everyone, hopefully in person, in September!

Feedback on Draft Plans for 2020-21 School Reopening

Feedback on Draft Plans for 2020-21 School Reopening

date 6/10/2020
Dear Belmont Parents and Guardians, We presented initial draft plans for the “opening of school” for September 2020 to the School Committee on June 9th and now we would like your feedback on those plans.

FBE Announces Grant Awards Totaling $29,547

FBE Announces Grant Awards Totaling $29,547

date 6/8/2020
Congratulations! The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is pleased to announce and summarize the awards that were recently approved for the 2019-2020 academic year. Attached is a summary of twelve Learning Excellence Grants, awarded to Belmont Public Schools on May 29, 2020, totaling $29,547.

Twenty Ninth Annual Staff Recognition Day

Twenty Ninth Annual Staff Recognition Day

date 5/29/2020
Staff Recognition Day was held on May 20 to celebrate 55 members of Belmont Public Schools for their years of service ranging from 10 to 35. Although the reception was a bit different this year, virtual instead of everyone gathering, the sentiment is the same in that we thank everyone for all of their years of service to Belmont Public Schools and the students of Belmont. A recording of the virtual event is available on YouTube.

Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus – Pre-Recorded Webinars

Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus – Pre-Recorded Webinars

date 5/13/2020
As part of a partnership with Belmont Public Schools, the McLean Hospital School Consultation team has recorded two webinars that focus on helping parents navigate challenging COVID-19 circumstances. One video is geared toward parents of elementary school-aged children and the other video is geared toward parents of middle and high school-aged teens. The videos have some overlapping content, although the examples provided are age-specific. Please see below for a more detailed description. Each video is followed by a pre-recorded Q and A that includes answers to the questions Belmont parents submitted. We hope that you find them helpful!

FBE Update & Thank You!

FBE Update & Thank You!

date 5/8/2020
The FBE sends a hearty THANK YOU to each and every teacher, administrator, and school staff member for helping Belmont’s students during this unsettling time. We greatly appreciate the amount of planning, teaching, and communicating that is happening during Phase II of the District’s distance learning plan. The FBE would also like to send our very BEST WISHES to the BHS class of 2020.

Belmont Helps - Resources for Families

Belmont Helps - Resources for Families

date 5/5/2020
Helpful resources for Belmont families in one place created by the Belmont Helps group. Belmont Helps is an all volunteer grass roots effort formed to help connect neighbors during this difficult time. They accept all volunteers who can help run errands, deliver food and supplies for porch drop-off. If you need help, ask.

FBE Casino Royale Candy Giveaway!

FBE Casino Royale Candy Giveaway!

date 5/1/2020
Starting April 30th, the Foundation for Belmont Education will kick off a fun candy campaign via our FBE social media posts. Due to the canceled Casino Royale Annual Spring Fundraiser, we found ourselves left with large amounts of candy. Some of the candy was donated to the wonderful healthcare workers at Mt. Auburn Hospital, but we also have enough to share with our local community! Every Thursday, we will be post a jar of candy on Instagram and Facebook, and invite our followers to guess the numbers of pieces in the jar.

Notice to Parents Regarding School Committee Vote on Potential Fee Refunds during COVID-19

Notice to Parents Regarding School Committee Vote on Potential Fee Refunds during COVID-19

date 4/29/2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, At its meeting on April 28, 2020, the Belmont School Committee voted to refund the portion of fees paid for certain programs corresponding to days when the school buildings were closed due to COVID-19.

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding Extension of School Building Closures

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding Extension of School Building Closures

date 4/21/2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff: This afternoon Governor Baker announced school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year in Massachusetts, and remote learning will continue for the remainder of the academic calendar.

A Message from the Superintendent

A Message from the Superintendent

date 4/15/2020
At their April 14 meeting, the Belmont School Committee voted unanimously to continue remote learning through the originally scheduled April break. Per state guidelines, the Belmont Public Schools will observe the Monday holiday on April 20, and school will continue to occur remotely Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24.

Appropriate Technology Use During Virtual/Remote Learning Activities

Appropriate Technology Use During Virtual/Remote Learning Activities

date 4/6/2020
Belmont Public Schools is dedicated to providing engaging and effective remote learning opportunities for our students.  As part of our remote learning opportunities, BPS is offering many learning activities, classroom presentations and student meetings via a virtual platform. Prior to engaging in these virtual learning activities, presentations and student meetings, the District seeks to clarify guidelines for appropriate technology use during virtual/remote learning activities.

Remote Learning Roadmap: Belmont Public Schools

Remote Learning Roadmap: Belmont Public Schools

date 4/3/2020
As child advocates with expertise, we must be primarily focused on what is best for students in the coming months.  In response to the public conversation about what teaching and learning should look like during this time away from the classroom, it is the responsibility of professional educators to articulate this new reality.

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