< Back
You are here  >   Home  >  Belmont Public Schools News

Belmont Public Schools News

School Calendar 2016-2017

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff:

The School Committee voted on the 2016/17 school calendar at the March 22 meeting.  As you know, a survey went out, and we received more than 1800 responses from staff, parents and guardians on the issue, and we have had two School Committee Meetings which resulted in rich and varied discussions.

These decisions are not made lightly.  As you know, we must comply with the state law that requires 180 days of school, and that school is not in session past June 30.  We also respectfully listened to Belmont’s highly diversified community needs and concerns.

It is with that in mind, the decision was to reflect a school calendar that doesn’t recognize religious holidays for some if it could not be for all, which would be a daunting task for all 22 holidays mentioned in the survey.  Next year, we will hold school on Yom Kippur and a full day on Good Friday.  Although these decisions may take us away from some of the traditional ways we organize our school year, in the end, we believe it shows a higher regard for the entire Belmont community.

We will also continue to have the current policy of beginning school on the first Wednesday of September.  Therefore, for the next school year, the first day for students will be September 7, 2016.  We have decided for next year to close school on Election Day, November 8, due to safety concerns from the expected heavy voter turnout for the presidential election.  We thank everyone for their comments, suggestions, and patience.  Please see the school calendar for 2016/17 here.


John P. Phelan
Superintendent of Schools
Belmont, Massachusetts