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Superintendents Update - Monday, March 16, 2020

Superintendents Update - Monday, March 16, 2020

date 3/16/2020
Today, Monday March 16, 2020 is day #2 of our school closure. For some reason in my home it feels like a longer period of time given the weekend days we all spent together. I am sure to a certain extent each of our homes feel different right now as our “new normal” will shift for a period of time here locally in Belmont and across our country.

Superintendent Operational Update: Friday, March 13, 2020

Superintendent Operational Update: Friday, March 13, 2020

date 3/13/2020
Update on what we are discussing and planning as an operational plan moving forward for our school department. Please be aware, we have learned that what we plan for today could be changed by shifting circumstances that we face as soon as tomorrow. Our goal is to keep you updated and informed as we take on this challenge as a community.

Belmont Update on School Closure

Belmont Update on School Closure

date 3/12/2020
After much consideration and discussion we will be closing  all Belmont Public School buildings starting tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020. There is no school tomorrow. This decision was made in consultation with the Town of Belmont’s Department of Health.  Belmont is one of several neighboring districts taking this step together. These districts have issued a joint press release to their communities. As stated in the press release, all schools will be closed from Friday, March 13, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020.

Joint Press Release: Schools to Close through at Least March 27

Joint Press Release: Schools to Close through at Least March 27

date 3/12/2020
Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington and Winchester Schools to Close Starting Tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Schools to Close through at Least March 27.

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #7

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #7

date 3/11/2020
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has informed the Belmont Health Department of its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in a Belmont resident. This resident attended the Biogen conference in Boston held at the end of February. This resident is the parent of Belmont Public School students who attend the Chenery Middle School and Belmont High School.

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #6

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #6

date 3/11/2020
After considerable discussions with the Belmont Board of Health, and to be consistent with Governor Baker’s recommendations in his declaration of a State of Emergency on Tuesday, March 10, we are canceling all large-group events in our schools beginning Thursday, March 12. These events would be school field trips, concerts, plays, performances, large-group events such as speakers and night events at schools, parent and guardian visits to classrooms and school conferences.

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #5

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #5

date 3/9/2020
As you know, news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly changing and emerging, which is worrisome to our all communities including our own. The Belmont School Department recently emailed you to inform you of plans to disinfect and sanitize high-touch surfaces in all of our schools with hospital-grade equipment.  This is done in an abundance of caution as an extension of our deep cleaning efforts and flu season disinfection plan to help reduce the spread of a number of problematic pathogens in hard to reach places.

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #4

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #4

date 3/6/2020
I am writing to provide you with information regarding the self-quarantine status of a member of the high school staff who had travelled to Italy over February break. As you may know, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued updated guidance on March 4, asking people to self-quarantine if they have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea (people who have travelled to Japan are also asked to limit contact with others and self-monitor symptoms). Previously, the CDC had only asked that people who had travelled to China self-quarantine

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #3

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #3

date 3/4/2020
We understand that many staff, students and families have questions regarding the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it may impact the BPS Community. Massachusetts-specific information about Coronavirus can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.

Health Advisory for Coronavirus (COVID-19); Update #2

Health Advisory for Coronavirus (COVID-19); Update #2

date 2/28/2020
The Belmont Health Department is sharing updated information with the Belmont Public Schools to help keep it informed about the emerging global health concern, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a new strain of Coronavirus that may cause respiratory illness in some people. 

Health Advisory for Coronavirus from the Belmont Health Department; Update #1

Health Advisory for Coronavirus from the Belmont Health Department; Update #1

date 1/31/2020
The Belmont Health Department is sharing information with the Belmont Public Schools to help keep it informed about a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus – named “2019 nCov” – that was first detected in Wuhan, China and continues to spread.

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