It will be a new school year, but Public Schools Superintendent Brevard addressed the school board on Tuesday saying students and employees will still see some of the same COVID-19 safety practices as last year.
Superintendent Dr Mark Mullins said social distancing in schools will always be emphasized, wherever possible, and schools will always have plenty of cleaning supplies.
Additionally, the superintendent said there could still be Plexiglas barriers and the water fountains will still only be used to fill water bottles, not for sipping.
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âThe challenges that we will continue to face next year in one way or another,â said school board chairperson Misty Belford, commenting on the Superintendent’s presentation.
New school year changes will still include face coverings, but they will be optional.
Families who protested against wearing masks in schools last year are delighted that the council is making masks optional for students and employees, at least for now.
A public commentator addressed the school board said the district could change its mind at any time.
âGet out of this policy. He can’t be on the table. It is not your role to force our children to wear medical devices, âshe said.
The board said the masks will still be available to anyone who wants them.
Families won’t have a choice next year on e-learning, but the Brevard Virtual School will be available.
âThe state didn’t allow e-learning, so it couldn’t be on the table even if we wanted to, not that we were doing it,â Belford said.
Students at Brevard public schools begin school on August 10, and the district has said international students will be allowed to return this year.
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