25 May 2022

Message to Burbank Families

 

Dear Burbank Families,

I am writing to let you know that we are prepared to welcome your students to school today with all of the love and support in our hearts. 

I am resharing the contents of the communication Superintendent Phelan sent to families last night, along with a resource our staff will utilize today if students bring up these events in class. .

Message from Superintendent Phelan Last Night:

Dear Belmont Families and Staff -

Please see the communication from Belmont Police Chief Jamie MacIsaac concerning a social media post.

From Chief MacIsaac:

At 7:30PM tonight, the Belmont Police were made aware of a social media post that showed pictures of the inside of the CMS.  The photos contained comments from the poster that were concerning to the Belmont Police. Officers immediately responded to the Chenery Middle School along with our Co-Responder Clinician and located the person responsible for the social media posts.  Officers and the Clinician were able to successfully address this matter.

Out of an abundance of caution and due to today’s incident in Texas, we will have an increased police presence at our schools tomorrow.

James MacIsaac

Police Chief

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Please know that Chief MacIsaac has assured the district that our schools are safe to attend tomorrow and that the Belmont Police will have a presence at all schools tomorrow morning.

Respectfully,

John P. Phelan

Superintendent of Schools

Town of Belmont

Resource shared with Burbank Staff:

Here is a resource from the NASP website with recommendations for how to talk to students about school safety. https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers

Here is one specific section that is certainly applicable to our age group:

Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate. • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety like reminding children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills practiced during the school day. 

Our mental health team that includes Ms. Kristin Romig, School Counselor (kromig@belmontschools.net) and Mr. Jeff Forti, School Psychologist (jforti@belmontschools.net), will be available to students and staff as needed.  Please feel free to reach out to them directly if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Brenda Maurao