Community service activities are those which students perform to benefit at least one other unrelated person and for which they receive no compensation or academic credit. Students will be working under the auspices of an organization—town government, school, non-profit organization, hospital, nursing home, or newspaper. Service to benefit for-profit businesses is NOT applied to the requirement, even if the student does not get paid!
Community service may be performed at any time during students’ high school careers, from the summer before freshman year until the last day of classes senior year. This includes free blocks at school as well as all non-school times and vacations within the freshman-to-senior time frame. Activity format is flexible; students may elect to engage in a single activity or many, over an extended or concentrated period of time.
The 40-hour requirement will be prorated for students entering Belmont High School after the freshman year; 10 hours of service will be required for each year at BHS. For example, a student who enters BHS as a junior must complete 20 hours of service in order to graduate.
Note to Seniors: All hours must be completed and turned in by the last day of 3rd quarter in order to participate in senior activities and walk at graduation.