Belmont BASEC at BHS – After School Care for kids!

Frequently Asked Questions – BHS

Is there after school on the first day of school?  

BASEC @ BHS for all students grades 9 – 12 begins on the first day of school: Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Even though students haven’t received assignments and begun on course content, the first week is important for motivation, establishing routine, and understanding the steps we’ll be taking to reach academic goals.


How do I contact BASEC @ BHS?

You can reach BASEC @ BHS Site Director, Brandon Heisler, at (617) 894-6717 or basec.bhs@belmontbasec.org  


I understand that the schedule has the flexibility to meet my student’s schedule. How will I know when he attends BASEC @ BHS?

Brandon keeps attendance for when student’s check in to BASEC @ BHS. Part of each student’s personal learning plan is attendance at BASEC. Brandon helps each student achieve his or her learning and organization goals. He reports the progress (including attendance) to parents regularly.


Where does my student check in?

BASEC @ BHS is located in the mezzanine of the Belmont High School library.


What happens on Early Release Days?

BASEC @ BHS is open every day from the end of the school day until 6:00 PM, except on early school dismissals, such as the day before Thanksgiving and the last day of school. For the five early release days, BASEC @ BHS starts at 10:30 AM, when school is dismissed. These days are:   Wednesday, September 4 Wednesday, October 30 Wednesday, November 6 Wednesday, March 4 Wednesday, May 27   Occasionally, BASEC will be utilizing alternative spaces for early release days for 19 – 20. We continually work with BHS administration to confirm those spaces and will communicate them to you and your students when we have definitive information.   BASEC runs on the BPS schedule. If you’d like to download a copy of the BPS 2019 – 2020 calendar, go to https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Portals/0/docs/calendar/BPS-Calendar-2019-2020.pdf.


When does my student leave BASEC @ BHS?

Each student develops his/her/their own schedule with Brandon, with additional input from parents / guardians, school day teachers, and occasionally other stakeholders, such as guidance. Students are welcome to stay until 6:00 PM, when BASEC @ BHS closes. Many students simply stay for the amount of time necessary to meet the need of that day; for example, making study plans, completing assignments, accessing resources like tutoring, creating and using study guides, and contacting school day teachers.


How do I determine what BASEC @ BHS session my student needs:

Each session is one academic quarter and aligns with the Belmont Public School calendar. You can sign up for any combination of sessions throughout the school year to meet your student’s needs. Some families find that their students need a place to go before sports practices begin; others require a consistent, quiet workspace all year; while another student may need specific assistance for senior thesis and can choose a time of the year when his extra curricular schedule is light. Flexibility is a hallmark of the BASEC @ BHS sessions.

We do find that setting tone for the year and developing the identity of a student that cares about his/her/their work is essential in establishing a pattern of positive and productive communication with school day teachers and getting ahead of review / introductory materials presented early in the school year as building blocks for more complex concepts.

Families can select between 3 schedule options: 4 – 5 days per week; 2 – 3 days per week; or 1 day per week. We provide different academic supports based on your schedule choice. More information is available on BASEC’s website: www.belmontbasec.org/bhs


On which days is BASEC closed?

Monday, October 14: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Tuesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Wednesday, November 27: Early School Dismissal. BHS closes at 10:30 AM. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving break. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

December 21, 2018 – January 1, 2019: Winter Recess. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

February 15 – 23: Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Tuesday, March 3: Primary Election Day. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

April 18 – 26: Spring Recess. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day. Belmont High School closed. BASEC @ BHS closed.

Last day of school (subject to change): BASEC @ BHS closed.


Emergency Evacuation Procedures


If the Belmont High School School is evacuated, students will be relocated to the Mary Lee Burbank School, located at 266 School Street, Belmont. All parents of students who are enrolled in BASEC@BHS on that day will be contacted by telephone and notified about the relocation. There will also be a recorded message on the program’s voicemail explaining the students’ location.


When are tuition payments due?

September 10, 2019

November 10, 2019

January 10, 2020

March 10, 2020


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