From the Principal's Desk - Week of December 24, 2021

Dear Belmont Families,

I would like to extend my warmest wishes for good vibes and a joyful, peaceful holiday break. I am really proud of everyone this year for doing so well in our first long stretch of normal school since the start of the pandemic. I am so impressed with how everyone has adjusted to being back at school, continuing to wear masks, and figuring out a new building. I know this Fall was not perfect, but it has been a really good start. It is a short break this year, so please do whatever you can to step away and rest. We will be back on Monday January 3, 2022.

I would like to extend a big thank you to the PTSO this year for all the support for our staff and students this year. This week the PTSO provided stress fidgets for students and gift bags for staff. We appreciate the kindness and thoughtfulness of these gestures.

Believe it or not, it is time for seniors to order caps and gowns for graduation. Please order ($20) from Balfour  https://www.buildagrad.com/belmont before January 7th.

Isaac Taylor he/him

Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COVID-19 Vaccine BOOSTER Announcement for eligible students 16 and older

We are happy to announce that we are working with VaxinateRx and Healthcare Family Pharmacy to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster vaccination to our eligible students ages 16 and up. Their team of vaccinators will be at Belmont High School to provide vaccinations on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

If you are 16-17, and received the Pfizer vaccine, you can get a Pfizer booster dose 6 months after your second dose.

If you are 18+, and received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you can get a booster dose 6 months after your second dose. *Booster shots can be any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines for those 18+, regardless of your original dose. The Pfizer vaccine will be provided at this clinic.

If you are 18+, and received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you can get a booster dose 2 months after your original dose.

All students will be vaccinated free of charge regardless of insurance coverage. If insured please enter insurance information in the online registration. Once registered online there is no need to bring an insurance card to the clinic.

Please remember to send the vaccination card from the previous vaccinations and consent form with your student.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  • Please register your child to receive the vaccine at: Register and Book an Appointment at VaxinateRx
  • Please FILL OUT, PRINT, and SIGN the consent form to bring to the appointment
  • For anyone under the age of 18, a consent form signed by a parent/guardian must be presented in order to receive a vaccine

If you experience any issues with the registration process, please email info@VaxinateRx.com to resolve any issues.

Reminder: Please make sure to print and sign the consent form and have your child bring it to school on the day of the clinic. A Parent or Guardian signature is required for any students under the age of 18. 

Pool Testing

If you would like to be pool tested, regardless of vaccination status, a parent must fill out a consent to test form. Once you have consented, test kits can be picked up from the nurses on Tuesday (there is a box in the nurse's office- pick up an envelope which includes information on how to collect the sample, which is a front-of-nasal collection which should not be painful). Samples should be returned to the nurses office on Wednesday morning before 9:55 am. We are not testing next Wednesday 12/23 due to the holiday, but will be back to testing on January 5 2021. Unvaccinated athletes (either under 16 or with an exemption) must test weekly to remain eligible. Because this is a pool test, no news is good news. If the pool tests positive, each swab is then individually tested, so there is no need for a second collection. If you test positive, you will be notified. A reminder that pool testing is a snapshot in time, and the symptom checker should continue to be used.

Changes to Lunches

Starting on January 3, students will receive one lunch or breakfast free each day, and will pay for additional food. If you have any questions about this please contact the food services office at 617-993-5871 or email Gail Mulani, Assistant Food Service Director, at gmulani@belmont.k12.ma.us

Snow Shovelling for senior citizens 

Community Service Update From The Belmontian Club! 

To sign up to be a Snow shoveler for Senior citizens fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/f34G8b4zg5GmWX7s7

Remember you do not need to shovel driveways!

Guidance Information:

SAVE THE DATE: On Wednesday, January 12th, the Guidance Department will host a virtual Junior Future Planning Night from 6:30pm to 8pm. This presentation will be accessible live through zoom (link to follow). We will be reviewing the college application process as well as highlighting other post secondary pathways.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!

AP Payment Information

Invoices were sent earlier this week from myschoolbucks regarding your child’s bill for signing up for the Advanced Placement Exam(s) that will take place in May. It is the on-line payment system that the district uses for collecting athletic fees, school lunches and other fees, like AP exams.  Please follow the link for the on-line payment. There is a small processing fee that is attached to the payments.

Reminders from past weeks!

5 Minutes Ago

Every week, the 5 Minutes Ago team puts out a short video with news, information, and a cultural snapshot of BHS. This videos created by this student run group, advised by Ms. Masterson, are shown during the school day on Monday. You can view these videos here.

Nursing updates:

  • Please continue to review the Daily Symptom Checker. If your student does not pass the checker, you must keep them home and complete the Absence Follow Up Form to notify the nurses. 
    • In order to be cleared to return, your student will need either a negative PCR test result or a provider note with an alternative diagnosis.
  • If your student is unvaccinated and identified as a close contact during school, they must have a Consent Form already on file to participate in Test and Stay. Email all testing-related questions to bpscovidtest@belmont.k12.ma.us 

Attendance

Student absences and dismissals must be reported before the absence occurs. Notes can be sent to the office in advance of a known absence. If a student is sick, please call the absence line before the start of the school day: (617) 993-5999. If a student becomes ill at school, they should be dismissed from the nurse’s office (see nurses update). Questions about attendance can be directed to Joan Paras jparas@belmont.k12.ma.us.

9th and 10th grade students - If students have a free first of last period, parents can set up a standing early dismissal or late arrival with the office. Please reach out to Joan Paras (617) 993-5902 jparas@belmont.k12.ma.us.

Junior/Senior off-campus privileges

A reminder that juniors and seniors are the only students allowed off-campus privileges at BHS. Students in good standing are able to leave campus during a free period, with parent permission. It is the students’ responsibility to get back to school on-time for their next class. Parents of juniors and seniors must complete the off campus application form to approve off-campus privileges for their student. 

Senior Off-Campus Application Form

Junior Off-Campus Application Form






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