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Start of School Information and Updates, SC Meeting September 8, 2020

Start of School Information and Updates, SC Meeting September 8, 2020

date 9/8/2020
Superintendent's Bulletin #12 - Start of School Information and Updates, SC Meeting September 8, 2020. As we approach the opening of school on Wednesday, September 16, I want to take this moment to provide you with information and updates.

Hybrid Model and Revised Phased Presentations, Kindergarten Fee Announcement

Hybrid Model and Revised Phased Presentations, Kindergarten Fee Announcement

date 9/4/2020
Superintendent's Bulletin #11 - Hybrid Model and Revised Phased Presentations, Kindergarten Fee Announcement. Principals from the elementary, middle, and high school presented the hybrid learning plans and schedules at the September 2, 2020 School Committee meeting. This meeting can be viewed on Belmont Media Center’s website. The schedules show the priorities of families and the district; increased contact with teachers, remote days involving “pen and paper” learning as well as live with a teacher, and the hope to keep cohorts intact from the remote start to school to the hybrid transition.

Form to submit questions/concerns after September 2 School Committee Meeting

Form to submit questions/concerns after September 2 School Committee Meeting

date 9/2/2020
Thank you to all who participated in the September 2 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.

School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan

School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan

date 8/28/2020
Superintendent's Bulletin #10 - School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan. 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
School Opening Fall 2020 - Superintendent's Bulletin #9 - SC Meetings, Flu Shot and COVID Testing Mobile Units. 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
Superintendent's Bulletin #8 - DESE and MIAA Guidance on Modified Sports. 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.”

Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 2.0

Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 2.0

date 8/17/2020
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #8 - Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 2.0. 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
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #7. Vote on Return to Learning Plan. 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
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #6 - Fall Re-Opening 2020 Survey Data. 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
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #5 - Fall 2020 Return to Learning Plan 1.0 Document and Presentation to the School Committee. 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
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #4 - 2020-21 School Opening Options and Survey and Questions. 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.

DESE Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020

DESE Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020

date 7/28/2020
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #3 - DESE Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 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 requirements) 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
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #2 - Update on School Opening and School Committee Presentation. 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
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #1 - DESE Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance. 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

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