Florida Department of Education Clarifies Gov. DeSantis’ Recent Executive Order Does Not Impact Public Schools

Brevard Public Schools has released a statement on Tuesday about the recent Executive Order by Gov Ron DeSantis that will immediately suspend and invalidate all local COVID-19 emergency orders in Florida effective July 1.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools has released a statement on Tuesday about the recent Executive Order by Gov Ron DeSantis that will immediately suspend and invalidate all local COVID-19 emergency orders in Florida effective July 1.

Below is the following statement made by BPS:

Brevard Public Schools is aware of the Governor’s executive order released yesterday. We have also received clarification from the Florida Department of Education as it pertains to that order.

Per that guidance, the governor’s actions are focused on county and municipal governments, and do not have an impact on public schools.

For the time being, there will be no change in district policy or procedures when it comes to COVID-19 safety measures. Please know that the school board and district leaders are currently discussing and evaluating our COVID-19 response and will share any new information or changes in plans with our families as soon as they become available.

Additionally, our COVID Response Team has daily communication with the Department of Health as we track COVID cases and quarantines in our schools. Plans for the 2021-2022 school year are underway.

See the plan below:

We understand there are many questions with regard to what next school year will look like. We are currently working through and finalizing many details, but wanted to provide you with some preliminary information as we look forward to a new school year in the fall.

As more information becomes available, we will be sharing that with you. Thank you for your continued cooperation, support and for your partnership in educating our children through a very challenging time.

Preliminary 2021-22 School Year Information

– First Day of School for students is August 10th – published on the board approved calendar
– We are planning for secondary schools to return to a 7 period day vs. block scheduling pending board and community input and approval
– We will be fully brick and mortar and not providing the synchronized eLearning platform
– Students who wish to have virtual options may do so through Brevard Virtual School
– Dual Enrollment will continue as an option for students
– BPS will resume foreign exchange program next year

We are anticipating a full return to all activities with relevant safety precautions based on prevailing COVID conditions at that time.

The mask mandate as it pertains to next school year is currently being discussed.

More information will be provided once it is available.

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