The calendar says that summer begins on Saturday, June 21.
But every Belmont parent or student knows that summer officially starts late in the morning of today, Friday, June 20 as the six public schools close their doors for the summer recess.
Several schools will have ceremonies on the final day of the school year with fourth graders and eighth graders marking their last day in elementary school and at the Chenery Middle School.
Today is an early-release day of the public schools. Here is the schedule:
• 10:30 a.m. for High School,
• 11 a.m. for Chenery Middle School and
• 11:40 a.m. for elementary schools with the exception of the Winn Brook which releases at 10 minutes until noon.
Today also marks the unofficial start of the summer get away as families and residents begin the annual extended vacations and trips away from the “Town of Homes.” It is reported that upwards of 10 percent of the population will be away from Belmont from July 1 to Aug. 31.