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Vote on Return to Learning Plan

Vote on Return to Learning Plan

date 8/12/2020
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
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
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
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
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 requirement) 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.

Student Device Distribution Update

Student Device Distribution Update

date 7/27/2020
We are writing to provide you with additional information about the distribution of devices to all Belmont students. As outlined in the presentation of preliminary draft plans for 2020-2021 (see slide 12), we need to provide synchronous, scheduled, live instruction and to do that we need to ensure that every student has their own device. Even though the plans for 2020-21 are not yet finalized; we are distributing the devices in order to be prepared for any contingency. Devices issued by the district are the same models as those used in the classrooms, are secured and filtered, and will be fully supported by the Belmont Public Schools Technology department. 

Update on School Opening and School Committee Presentation

Update on School Opening and School Committee Presentation

date 7/20/2020
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.

Fall 2020 Student Device Information

Fall 2020 Student Device Information

date 7/14/2020
The Belmont Public Schools is issuing a device to all students Prek-12, in support of our anticipated continuation of remote learning in some form (in person, hybrid, or remote) this fall. Device distribution begins on Monday, July 20 and runs through August 27.

DESE Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance

DESE Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance

date 6/25/2020
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.

Feedback on Draft Plans for 2020-21 School Reopening

Feedback on Draft Plans for 2020-21 School Reopening

date 6/10/2020
Dear Belmont Parents and Guardians, We presented initial draft plans for the “opening of school” for September 2020 to the School Committee on June 9th and now we would like your feedback on those plans.