School Hours

Start Time - 7:35 AM (students' first class is at 8:00 AM)

Dismissal Times:

  • M,T,Th,Fri - 2:25 PM
  • Wednesday - 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday Early Release Days - 10:30 AM

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.

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 8:00 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 8:00 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. 
  • Students are only allowed 5 excused absences per class per quarter. See list of documented absences (which do not count toward the cap of 5 excused absences) below.
  • 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 in the Student Handbook
Attendance Written Appeal Form