Guiding Principles and Goals

As we eagerly look forward to returning to school in the fall, we know that such a return requires a great deal of planning and preparation. The governor’s office, CDC, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Belmont Board of Health continue to update and refine their recommendations for a safe return.  

Guiding Principles

Important principles inform and guide our work. A set of constraints also informs this design work—most notably that there is no on-campus plan that bears no risk.

In order to achieve our goal of a safe return to campus, we will adhere to these guiding principles:

  • Keep all community members safe by managing and mitigating risk.
  • Inspire and challenge the whole child through a mission-driven program.
  • Maintain our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by assuring that our expectations, support, and evaluations are equitable across the highly variable range of circumstances faced by Belmont Day families.
  • Uphold the school values - joy, excellence, caring, responsibility, honesty, and respect.
  • Instill trust in the plan, the process, and each other.


We commit to being:

  • Mission-driven leaders that make student-centered decisions.
  • Mission-driven leaders that make student-centered decisions.
  • Data and feedback-based decision makers who model flexibility, iteration, and responsiveness.
  • Resilient, responsible, and supportive community members who champion equity and open-mindedness.