Photo: Masks are being strongly recommended when visiting or attending Belmont Public Schools
With increasing positive cases of Covid-19 within Belmont schools and after the CDC declared Middlesex county’s community level of Covid cases to be “high”, the Belmont School District is following the lead of the town’s Health Department to ”strongly recommend” everyone wear a mask regardless of vaccination status when indoors at the district’s six public schools.
“We ask for your continued support in this effort, particularly at times like this when we experience increasing cases,” said Belmont Superintendent John Phelan in an email released on Monday, May 24.
While many mandated mitigations have been lifted and as COVID cases continue to rise, Phelan said parents and students should consider the following recommendations as an added layer of protection:
- Consider having students wear a mask while in school. “We are not mandating but strongly recommend this added layer of protection,” said Phelan.
- Wear a mask if any symptoms are present, even if antigen tests remain negative.
- Wear a mask for 10 days if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 regardless of your vaccination status. This includes cases within the home. (Per CDC guidance.)
- Parents, guardians, and family members are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when visiting Belmont public schools. Masks will be made available at all schools.
“With the end of school comes important milestones for many students, whether it is graduation, a moving up ceremony, classroom showcase, performing arts program, or school event; please help us hold these special events without disruption and as safely as possible,” said Phelan.