Earlier today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced all Florida schools will remain open for in-person instruction through the Spring 2021 semester. In addition, all school districts will continue to offer virtual learning platforms as an alternative option for families.
Brevard Public Schools will continue to provide our families flexibility in choosing either e-Learning or face-to-face instruction and to put health and safety first throughout this prolonged pandemic. At this time, the district’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures, as detailed in our Reopening Plan, will remain intact with no changes for in-person, brick and mortar students.
In an effort to eliminate achievement gaps exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, the updated Executive Order (No. 2020-EO-07) also states that schools must notify parents/guardians if a student is falling behind academically as a result of virtual learning and recommend a return to in-person instruction. Families will be required to sign an opt-out agreement if they choose not to return their child to the classroom.
Each school district is required to agree to several assurances outlined in the FLDOE’s Spring 2021 Education Plan and submit a plan detailing intervention strategies by December 15, 2020. BPS is currently reviewing these documents to determine next steps and will inform families of any changes or new information.