From the Principal's Desk - Week of January 10, 2022

Dear Belmont Families,

Happy snow day, BHS. I hope that you are able to make the most of the day, hopefully by slowing down and taking time for some self-care. This week I have been really grateful to the staff for pivoting once again with this new health situation, and extremely proud of our BHS students who have been mature and responsible throughout the week. I believe that everyone is taking the health situation seriously, and doing a great job adjusting to where we are right now. I know that there are different views on what we should be doing right now, but what I have seen in school this week is everyone finding common ground in being respectful of each other and kind to one another.

There have been a lot of changes since the end of December with relation to COVID protocols and procedures. I would suggest reading the superintendent’s latest email, which provides a concise and comprehensive overview of our current practices, and outlines the decisions that are still being made. You can view the superintendent’s newsletter from January 6 HERE.

One mitigation strategy that we could use more effectively at the high school is pool testing. The number of high school students whose parents have consented to pool testing is lower than in other schools in the districts (less than 50 percent). With the increase in breakthrough infections for the fully vaccinated, increasing the percentage of students taking part in pool testing will help us achieve our goal of keeping our community safe and keeping school open. Beginning next week, we will use the PA system to remind students both to pick on test kits on Tuesday and to drop them off on Wednesday morning. Please consider signing up if you haven’t already! The instructions are just below this letter.

Stay safe, and stay warm. 

Isaac Taylor he/him
Principal

Announcements

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.

Senior Cap and Gown

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.

Kindergarten Registration for School Year 2022-2023

Belmont Public Schools Online Registration for your Incoming Kindergartner opens January 28, 2022 for School Year 2022-2023

Important registration information for current BPS families: 

  • You do not need to register a grade 1-12 existing Belmont Public Schools student again.
  • You do need to register your incoming kindergartner even if you are a current Belmont Public Schools family. To ensure placement of your incoming kindergartner at the same elementary school as your grade 1-4 child, please submit all required documents to complete registration for your incoming kindergartner by April 8.
  • Current Wellington preschool families will be emailed registration instructions.
  • ·To enter Kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1st of the year they will attend school.

Please begin your kindergarten registration online as of January 28. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact the school you registered with.

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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