30 January 2022

Butler Family Newsletter - January 31, 2022


Dear Butler Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the big snowstorm and had a chance to get out and play in the snow, after first cleaning out! As I watched my two dogs running around, chasing each other, and trying to catch snowballs this weekend, I realized that we all need to take advantage of these moments and be a kid again and just have fun playing outside in the snow. No phones, no computers, relax, and recharge. Friday was the 90th day of school and Tuesday marks the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger. The tiger symbolizes recovery and growth which seems very appropriate for this point in time. Here’s to leaving 2021 behind us and moving into 2022 together!

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • Snow Reminders

  • Report Cards

  • New Student Registration

  • Virtual Coffee Chat with the Principal

  • Reminders from the Nurse

All my best,


Snow Reminders

The Department of Public Works has done a remarkable job clearing the parking lots and playground area for  Butler staff and students. With the large snow piles that have now appeared, please make sure your child is not climbing them as you arrive at school. During school hours students are not allowed to climb the snow piles or throw snowballs. Students must have snow pants and snow boots in order to play on the fields. We look forward to your continued support in making sure students are safe when on school grounds.

Report Cards

Report cards have been posted to your PlusPortal account: www.plusportals.com/butler

Once you have logged in, select "E-Locker" and then the "E-Portfolio" tab.

Existing parents/guardians - log in with your email address.

New parents/guardians - received an activation email from messenger@plusportals.com.

If you need account (technology) assistance email Eileen Buys (ebuys@belmont.k12.ma.us), with your student's name and the school they attend.

If you need content help contact your child’s teacher.


Registration for New Students K-4 for the 2022-2023 School Year is now open

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.

To register your student for the 2022-2023 school year, please use this link. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact the Butler School at 617-993-5550. 


Virtual Coffee Chat with the Principal

Come meet the new principal, Julie Babson, on Thursday, January 3rd at 12PM. 

Thursday, February 3 · 12:00 – 12:30pm

Google Meet joining info

Link: https://meet.google.com/ftk-bhiy-yss

If you haven’t filled out the Family Survey yet, please use this link to help me get to know you and your family.


Reminders from the Nurse

Pool Testing Reminder - A reminder that MONDAY is Pool Testing drop off day at Butler. 

Testing kits were distributed on Friday. Please remember to register the kit and clearly label your student’s tubes each week. Tubes must include the student’s full name and date of birth (not date of test) as it appears on the consent. Be sure that all information is clear and correct.

All samples must be received by 10am on Monday. Late samples and samples received on days other than Monday will not be tested.

Remember that Pool Testing is for asymptomatic students and staff only. If your student is sick, review the symptom checker, keep your child home, fill out the absence form, and have your child tested outside of school. Receiving an email that you were part of a positive pool can cause stress to families.

Individual results are not reported. If your child is part of a positive pool, you will receive an email from Veritas with a link to review the results. Please be sure to open this email. If you receive positive results, keep your child home as isolation should begin immediately. CDC Quarantine and Isolation

If your child tests positive for COVID, they CANNOT participate in pool testing for 90 days. You may sign the consent  90 days from your child’s positive test if you want to participate again. I suggest marking this date in your calendar to remember. 

Symptoms and Illness 

With Covid cases on the rise, our collective health relies on everyone remaining vigilant and following the daily symptom checker  closely. We ask that you continue to review the symptom checker before leaving for school each day and keep your child home if they have symptoms.

Per the illness policy, your child will need to stay home and either test or provide a note from their medical provider (with an alternative diagnosis stating that their illness is not covid related) if they have:

ANY ONE of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.0 or greater) chills, or taken medication to reduce fever in the past 24 hours

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Cough (not due  to known cause, such as chronic cough)

OR ANY 2 of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting*

  • Diarrhea*

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known cause, such as

*As in previous (non-covid times), please keep your child home for 24 hours with these symptoms.

If your student is experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, be sure to: 

  • Keep your student home

  • Fill out the absence form

  • Call the attendance line at 617-993-5552 

  • Get tested (PCR testing still recommended) Forward results to school nurse

  • If a test is positive, please inform your school nurse for a return to school plan for your student

  • Do not send your student back to school until they have been cleared by the school nurse. 

Positive COVID-19 Test  

If your student tests positive, please follow the current guidance: 

  • Keep your student home for 5 days from the time of symptom onset or date of positive test (whichever was first). That day is considered day ZERO.  CDC-Quarantine & Isolation

  • If they have no symptoms or the symptoms are gone or significantly improved after 5 days, your student can leave the house to return to school on day 6. 

    • If they have a fever (greater than 100.0), continue to stay home until the fever resolves for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, such as Advil, Tylenol, Motrin etc.

  • Continue to wear a mask (indoors and outdoors) around others for 5 additional days except when eating or drinking. 


For more information, visit our website: nursing-health-and-safety/testing-positive   

Guidance for Close Contacts  

If your student has been identified as a close contact, please follow the current guidance:

*At this time, fully vaccinated is defined as two-weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two-weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  

Individuals DO NOT need to quarantine/test if they are fully vaccinated. 

Individuals DO need to quarantine/test if they are NOT fully vaccinated.

  • Stay home for 5 days from last exposure to the positive individual. 

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days at all times except when eating/drinking.

  • Test on day 5 if possible. Getting tested for COVID-19.

  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR/Molecular test and stay home.

Guidance is changing and evolving. For latest guidance and more information, please visit our nursing website

Lisa Harteveldt BSN, RN

School Nurse