Guidelines

Returning to campus during a global pandemic represents a new challenge for the Belmont Hill community, yet we will continue to be guided by our mission focused upon character and our culture of working together. While there is no return-to-school plan that can eliminate all risk related to COVID-19, our goal is to provide the safest possible scenario to offer our boys in-person learning opportunities to start the year. This involves sacrifices and partnership from our students, their families, and from our faculty and staff. Just as we valued iteration and feedback during remote learning last spring, we must be flexible and adaptable this fall.

The plan outlined in Working Together for a Safe Belmont Hill is the result of many Belmont Hill minds, supported by numerous external experts, working to balance our desire to be back on campus this fall along with our primary commitment to safety. We believe that we have covered the majority of relevant issues for our families, but we will continue to add and refine in the weeks leading up to the opening of school. Additionally, we have the good fortune of strong financial resources to make smart investments in support of our efforts. It is important to acknowledge that within our community, there is a wide range of perspectives as well as risk tolerance. Working Together for a Safe Belmont Hill is grounded on a premise that we seek to make Belmont Hill work well for this entire range of viewpoints if at all possible. Therefore, we have created a model that provides a positive experience for students and faculty who need to remain in a remote-learning environment. Additionally, we intend to support a social climate on campus that is equally supportive of all family choices during this challenging time. We look forward to entering the school year with such a strong and committed community of Belmont Hill families.

Belmont Hill School has developed the following guidelines and protocols to prepare for an intended return to campus in the fall. Beyond the use of guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have been in continual communication with the Belmont Board of Health and medical professionals while also partnering with a number of external consultants to assist with protocols and procedures. Specifically, we have engaged with the consulting group Fusion Cell, a firm that has taken deep experience from pandemic planning on military bases and transferred this expertise to schools. In addition, we commissioned an audit of the HVAC systems in all campus buildings and made improvements to ensure they were operating in accordance with guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This included the addition of portable medical grade HEPA filters where necessary. Finally, Working Together for a Safe Belmont Hill was reviewed by our consulting pediatrician as well as the Chief Medical Officer affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital.
 
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Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Our community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. We cultivate critical thinking and creativity, teamwork and competition, hard work and reflection, tradition and innovation. Valuing our differences and working together, we embrace camaraderie, compassion, and service to others. Our school strives to instill in each boy ethical judgment, a sense of common humanity, and a lifelong love of learning.