Working Together for a Safe Belmont hill

Important Reminders

  • Athletics: participants are allowed to have two spectators attend games at Belmont Hill. This also applies to visiting teams. 

    PLEASE CALL THE HEATH OFFICE WHEN:
  • your son is going to be remote, ill, absent, or late.
  • planning to travel out of state. Please call BEFORE traveling out of state so there can be a safe re-entry plan to return to school. 
  • someone in your home/family tests positive for Covid-19.

    NOTE: 
  • Anyone who has previously tested positive can not be tested again for 90 days.


    TRAVEL NOTICE

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    • Belmont Hill Spring Break Travel Guidelines

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    Quarantine Policy Update

    PROCEDURE FOR QUARANTINE AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 
    Belmont Hill will accept the Massachusetts Department of Public Health alternative quarantine to what has previously been 14 day, allowing for the return to campus on Day 8 with a negative PCR test on or after Day 5. A full fourteen-day quarantine is still the most conservative choice and will work without testing.
     
    PROCEDURE FOR RETURN TO CAMPUS AFTER A COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS
    If a member of the Belmont Hill community is diagnosed with COVID-19, the requirement will be to follow the CDC guidelines that include isolation for 10 days. They will be allowed to return to campus: after the 10 days of isolation; 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; all other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving and; have been given the approval to return by the Director of Health Services.

    Campus Protocol Overview

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    Campus-Wide Health Protocols

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    • Protocol Guidance

      Belmont Hill has developed the protocols below based upon current recommendations by the CDC, DESE, and the Belmont Department of Public Health. The School will continue to follow each of the guidelines from these sources as they are updated.
    • Mask-Wearing Requirements

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    • Daily Health Screening

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    • Testing, Tracing, and Quarantine

      Quarantine Policy Update (January 2020)
      PROCEDURE FOR QUARANTINE AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 
      Belmont Hill will accept the Massachusetts Department of Public Health alternative quarantine to what has previously been 14 day, allowing for the return to campus on Day 8 with a negative PCR test on or after Day 5. A full fourteen-day quarantine is still the most conservative choice and will work without testing.
       
      PROCEDURE FOR RETURN TO CAMPUS AFTER A COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS
      If a member of the Belmont Hill community is diagnosed with COVID-19, the requirement will be to follow the CDC guidelines that include isolation for 10 days. They will be allowed to return to campus: after the 10 days of isolation; 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; all other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving and; have been given the approval to return by the Director of Health Services.
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    • Social/Physical Distancing

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    • Hand Hygiene

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    • Bathroom Use

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    • Campus Cleaning

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    • Visitors to Campus

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    • Off-Campus Activities

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    Academic-Day Protocols

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    • School Calendar

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    • Academic Schedule

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    • Remote Learning Options

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    • Arrival and Departure

      Click here to read the letter and see the Campus Map
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    • Dress Code

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    • Cubbies and Lockers

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    • Support Services

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    Athletics

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    Performing Arts and EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Traditional band and choir activities will be suspended until further notice based on the risk of airborne transmission, although strings, percussion, and electronic music remain viable options. There may be some opportunity for outdoor performance throughout the year. Choir and band activities will have virtual opportunities, and all private lessons will happen virtually as well. Modified drama will still be possible on a scaled-down version and can be pursued in the afternoons in lieu of sports activities.

    All clubs and extra help will be virtual to begin the year. In a typical week, we have created a virtual X Block at 4:00 pm on the following days: Wednesday for the entire school, MS virtual X on Mondays and Thursdays, and Upper School virtual X on Tuesdays. Some required programs will take place during virtual X for Middle School students. In addition, students should use this time to connect virtually with clubs or pursue extra help with teachers, who will all be available virtually if they are not coaching. In the spirit of limiting the amount of mixing and transitions on campus, we believe these activities are best served in this virtual paradigm.
     

    Webinar: Greg Schneider & Michael Grant--Return to School

    Dr. Vincent Chiang Chief Medical Officer, Boston Children's Hospital, Discusses COVID-19

    Working Together for a Safe Belmont Hill

    Parent Talk: Greg Schneider, June Schmunk, Dr. Michael Thompson 8/3

    Student Talk: Fall Re-Opening Webinar 7/30

    Parent Talk: School Re-Opening Webinar 7/30

    Belmont Hill Resources

    Remote Learning Infrastructure

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    • Zoom Rooms, Canvas, and New Classroom Hardware

      Through our experiences, we learned a great deal, and we have spent the summer translating those learnings into a pedagogical philosophy and accompanying infrastructure that will not just support our students’ remote learning needs for the 2020-2021 school year but also allow us to continue advancing our mission and provide the level of experience and educational engagement that our community expects. Students are welcome to try the Remote Learning paradigm for a two-week period. However, once a student chooses a model (full remote or in-person), they will be committed to this paradigm for the first trimester. Please note: Students will not be permitted to flip-flop between the two models due to logistical issues. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons or if a student becomes ill and/or has to quarantine.  

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    Dining Program

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    • Meals and Snacks

      The social distancing and schedule changes have required the School to make adjustments to our conventional food-service and snack programs for students, faculty, and staff. 
       
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    Boarding

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    • Boarding and Residential Life

      The residential program is essential to the vibrancy of life at Belmont Hill, but it comes with unique challenges in the context of COVID-19. Most importantly, we are fortunate to access the Howe House this year to provide an individual room for each residential student. While safety protocols will clearly alter the feel of the residential experience, we look forward to finding creative ways to build community and fun in this new environment. 
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    Transportation

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    • Bus Transportation

      The safety of our students while traveling to and from campus on a school bus is paramount. In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure of our students to COVID-19 we have implemented protocols for students being transported to school on buses.

      For more information, please view the Bus Transportation page in the Parent Portal (log in required)
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