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Superintendent's Summer Update - July 9, 2020

date 7/9/2020

Summer is here, and we hope you are enjoying this time and weather. Normally, we pause this newsletter during the summer but we wanted to continue to communicate with our Belmont families during this unique and important time, knowing you want to know about school in the fall and what it will look like. Therefore, we will be updating the community throughout the summer via emails and the newsletter as well as posting information on the front page of the BPS website.

We are busy preparing for the possibility of three learning options (in-person, hybrid, and remote) for school opening in the fall as outlined in the email sent to the community on June 25. At the end of June, DESE requested all districts to consider and conduct a "feasibility" study to assess the viability of an "In-person with new safety requirements" option for school in the fall. As part of the study and given the new safety requirements, DESE asked each school district to gather "operational" data on how many students can fit into any one classroom safely, the impact across all aspects in a school day given social distancing, and what the corresponding challenges are and availability of resources if needed. Our administrative teams and educators will continue to meet and discuss the feasibility study and the In-person option in addition to preparing for the other two options identified in May: Hybrid and Remote. We would like to thank all of our administrators, faculty, and staff that have committed time to this work over the summer months. The administration will give an update on the process of creating the three options for fall at our next School Committee meeting on July 16 at 3:00 p.m. Please see below for more information.

In an attempt to keep you updated, we would also like to direct you to our new COVID-19 information pages located on the front news page of the BPS website. The information will be split into two pages; COVID-19 Information (health dept., past communications, and other general news) and School Opening Fall 2020 (specific communications, presentations, and other items related to school opening in the fall). In creating this section our hope is to keep the Belmont community included and informed.

UPCOMING SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

There are two School Committee meetings scheduled for the summer; July 16 and August 11. Both are from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For the July 16 meeting, we are activating the document Newsletter Questions to hear your thoughts and questions which will be addressed at the School Committee meeting during the Superintendent's Report. The deadline is July 13 for questions to be included in the July 16 School Committee meeting.

We anticipate holding a virtual community forum at the August 11 meeting. Please see the School Committee page for the agenda and access. As always, you can watch meetings live or on demand from Belmont Media Center and on your local cable channels.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING INFORMATION FROM THE JUNE 29 MEETING: 

School Opening Fall 2020 Survey Results: We presented the Draft Plans for 2020-2021 to the School Committee at the June 9 meeting and on June 10 sent a survey to the community as a follow up to solicit feedback. Please see the results from the survey Feedback on Draft Plans for 2020-2021 School Reopening.

Welcome Evelyn Garcia Gomez: We welcome Evelyn Garcia Gomez as our new School Committee member, who will be completing the remaining term of Susan Burgess-Cox, who left the position in April.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Our educators are busy attending summer technology professional development workshops getting ready for hybrid and remote learning if we start school in this way or pivot during the year. In addition, we would like to welcome Joanne Marks and Marc Lefebvre to their new one-year positions as our Technology Specialists who will support all educators, PreK-12 to help us prepare and guide us through these scenarios. As we stated in the May 28 newsletter, funding for these two positions is Belmont's allocation from the CARES Act. We wanted to fill these two positions with BPS educators who have experience in the district and in technology. The teaching duties of Ms. Marks and Mr. Lefbvre will be filled with two year-long substitutes. Thank you to all our educators for diving into these teaching and learning challenges.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • The CMS art show is an annual event and this past June a virtual one. Please see all the hard work these students put into their creations in the Chenery 2020 Art Show.
  • BPS elementary health providers have organized a Summer Newsletter for Families containing helpful resources for this time apart.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to BHS Boys Rugby coach, Greg Bruce, for receiving the MIAA Coach of the Year for 2019-2020.

USEFUL INFORMATION

For your convenience, below are links to useful information from previous newsletters.

BPS Food Services

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