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Free Periods and Cancelled Classes

Students are expected to be present in the school between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. In case of free periods at the start, middle or end of the day, students may spend that time in the cafeteria or the library. BHS does not call in a substitute until a teacher’s third consecutive day of absence. When a teacher is absent, class is cancelled and there will be a homework assignment posted on the classroom door. Students should note the assignment and spend class time in the cafeteria, the library or a designated quiet study classroom. Students may not be dismissed during their “frees” unless they have earned open campus privileges.

School Hours

Start Time - 7:35am

Dismissal Times:

  • M,T,Th,Fri - 2:25pm
  • Wed - 1:25pm
  • Wed. Early Rel. - 10:30am

Attendance (Pilot testing for semester 1 upon direction of the Belmont Public School Committee)

Key Points
  • Students should be in school every scheduled day from 7:35 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. 
  • To be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity offered by the school, students must be in school from 7:35 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. on the day of the activity. Attendance on the final school day before a weekend or school vacation will be used to determine a student’s eligibility to participate in an extracurricular activity during the weekend or vacation. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the assistant principal. 
  • Students are expected to attend every class meeting; attendance records are maintained on a course-by-course basis. 
  • The parent/guardian must leave a return telephone number, and a reason for the absence. Only the student’s parent/guardian may excuse an absence. 
  • Grade penalties will be imposed for unexcused absences. 
  • All absences due to school-sponsored field trips are considered excused. 
  • When a student arrives to class without a pass and is tardy more than fifteen (15) minutes after formal instruction has commenced, he/she is considered absent unexcused. The student should still go to class to receive credit for the work done in the portion of the class he/she attended. 
  • In extenuating circumstances, a student may appeal absence-related consequences to the Attendance Review Panel to resolve attendance issues. Appeals must be in writing to the student’s assistant principal within one (1) week of the incident. 
  • Appeals submitted after this time will not be accepted. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the assistant principal.

Attendance phone: (617) 993-5999
Attendance Policy full version available here
Attendance Written Appeal Form

Contact Us

To excuse a student’s absence, the parent/guardian must call the high school attendance office the night before, or the day of the student’s absence.

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