OpEd: Is Remote Learning Model Safer And Does It Reflect Our Aspirations As A Community?

Photo: Remote learning By: Jamal Saeh, Maysoun Shomali, Kelly Chiu Advocates for reopening schools believe that Belmont is ready to open school per the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education guidance.  The majority of Belmont parents voted for the hybrid model.  A number of us have worked on solutions to improve the air circulation in […]

Positive COVID Case Detected At Winn Brook

Photo: The Winn Brook Elementary School A member of the Winn Brook Elementary community tested positive with COVID-19, according to the Belmont Department of Health. The Health Department confirmed on Monday, Sept. 28 that either a student or staff member at the school located at the corner of Waterhouse Road and Cross Street has been […]

Spit, ‘Poop’ Or Both: School Committee Explores Testing Options In Push Towards In-School Learning

Photo: Mirimus Labs image The Belmont School Committee took the first steps in implementing a testing regime that could spur students to return full-time to the classroom. Promoted by School Committee Chair Andrea Prestwich and a group of parents acting as ad hoc advisors, testing would provide students and teachers the necessary “peace of mind” […]

Hybrid Learning For K-4 Pushed Up To Oct. 5; Calls For Grades 5-12 To Follow

Photo: Hybrid plans accelerated The Belmont School Committee approved moving up the date kindergarteners and elementary students will begin full hybrid learning by two weeks to Monday, Oct. 5, allowing nearly 2,000 students to start partial in-school learning. “Two weeks is tight but we’re committed to hearing the feedback and responding to the school committee’s […]

Free Breakfast, Lunch For ALL Belmont Public School Students

Dustin O’Brien, the food service director for the Belmont Public Schools, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22 that the US DA has extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students, as late as Dec. 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available.  “We are thrilled with this news as […]

‘Let’s Make It Work’ COVID-19 Surveillance Testing: Another Parent-led Solution To Re-open Belmont Schools

Photo: Testing is around the corner By Jamal Saeh, Kate Jeffrey, Larry Schmidt The last academic year left many parents and students full of anxiety. Will remote learning work? Why can’t schools start with hybrid now? How can we help remove obstacles for increased in-person learning? School started this year a little rocky despite heroic efforts […]

Letter To The Editor: School Re-Opening Less Than Ideal But Pandemic Limits What Can Be Done

Photo: Return to learning has been less than ideal Dear Belmont Parents and Community: As a member of the School Committee, I’m fully aware that many parents are deeply unhappy with the fall reopening plans for our schools. Based on the volume of emails and phone calls, it’s also clear that many people do not […]

17 Students From Belmont High And Belmont Hill Named National Merit Semifinalists

Photo: 17 National Merit semifinalists in Belmont Fourteen Belmont High School students and three who attend The Belmont Hill school were named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation during a presentation on Sept. 9. At the beginning of each school year, the Evanston, Ill-based NMSC reveals the students who will go on to compete […]

Opinion: An Open Letter To School Committee On Delaying A Vote On Proposed Hybrid Learning Option

Photo: Wait on voting for a hybrid model To Andrea Prestwich, Chair, Belmont School Committee I understand the Belmont School Committee needs to ratify the Belmont Public School’s remote learning plan in some form or fashion before school starts. Prior to voting, I would urge you and the other members of the committee to address the […]

Fall Sports: Modified Rules, Modified Fees As Seasons To Start By Month’s End

Photo: Belmont High Field Hockey will be playing this fall There will be a fall sports season for Belmont High School student athletes as the Belmont School Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday night, Sept. 8, to approve an agreement by the Middlesex League which Belmont is a member on rules and safety. With each sport […]