CORONAVIRUS: LATEST NEWS
LATEST NEWS (Wednesday May 27, 10:47 a.m.)
FNS is currently operating Food Distribution sites at 27 schools through May 29, 2020 to provide nutritional continuity during the coronavirus-related school closure. Although school ends on Thursday, May 28, we will continue the operation to provide meals for the entire week. FNS will then transition to 15 food distribution sites effective June 1 – June 30, 2020. The sites are as follows:
· Atlantis Elementary
· Mims Elementary
· Cambridge Elementary
· Oak Park Elementary
· Cape View Elementary
· Palm Bay Elementary
· Coquina Elementary
· Saturn Elementary
· Discovery Elementary
· Sherwood Elementary
· Golfview Elementary
· Turner Elementary
· Harbor City Elementary
· University Park Elementary
· Mila Elementary
These sites were strategically selected based on location and proximity to high poverty areas within the county to ensure students have access to meals. Due to summer heat and staffing constraints, meals will continue to be distributed Monday – Friday; however we plan to shorten the feeding timeframe to 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. In addition, Sherwood Elementary will become the prep site for the mobile routes.
Our rationale for reducing the number of food distribution sites is as follows:
- As the Governor’s plans to reopen Florida are implemented in phases, there will be less demand for meals as more people return to work;
- As more people return to work, this will further reduce the number of students served daily, and we anticipate this trend to continue;
- There is limited staff available to work, as they are 9 or 10 month employees.
These are challenging times, and FNS is committed to feeding students during this crisis and remaining cost-effective in our approach to operate food distribution sites during the month of June. Based on our analysis, our breakeven point is 150 students per day at each location. Should a site fall below that number, we will review current trends, reallocate staff, and/or consider closing the site. Likewise, if the demand is higher than expected, we will consider expanding beyond the 15 sites selected. As you know, this continues to be a very fluid situation and our plan is based on the information we have right now. It is our intention to provide nutritional continuity through June 30th to the children of Brevard, and we will make necessary adjustments to this plan in order to achieve this goal while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
LATEST NEWS (Tuesday May 19, 4:31 p.m.)
Due to COVID-19, BPS will not be holding camps or offering school-based full time child care through Brevard After Care this summer.
Schools will remain closed to extra-curricular and athletic programs, and facilities use for enrichment programs or religious services is suspended at least through the month of June. We will reassess the ability to conduct these types of activities in July based on the status of the virus and what phase of re-opening we are in by then.
LATEST NEWS (Tuesday May 19, 1:47 p.m.)
LATEST NEWS (Monday May 4, 12:35 p.m.)
Brevard Public Schools is now targeting the June Graduation dates. Parents of Seniors will have heard from their schools with more information about upcoming graduation information. You may also watch our "Ask an Expert - Session Six: Graduation" by clicking HERE. June graduation information by school is found HERE.
LATEST NEWS (Thursday April 30, 10:09 a.m.)
The Summer Fine Arts Theatre Workshop scheduled for June 2020 has been canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, current CDC guidelines, and the closure of BPS schools for the month of May. This decision was made in partnership with the Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida, the funder of this program. Canceling the 2020 SFATW does not jeopardize next summer’s SFATW or Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida’s commitment to the program.
LATEST NEWS (Saturday April 18, 5:14 p.m.)
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Governor DeSantis has announced that Florida schools will remain closed. Distance learning will continue in Brevard Public Schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
LATEST NEWS (Friday April 17, 11:47 a.m.)
LATEST NEWS (Wednesday April 15, 1:30 p.m.)
April 24 to be instruction day; no meal service at schools
Friday April 24 will be an instruction and learning day for BPS instead of a previously scheduled teacher-student holiday for schools.
However, there will be no meal pick-up service for students on April 24because the day will remain a scheduled school holiday for BPS cafeteria staff. Instead, those who pick up student meals at schools on Thursday April 23 will receive enough food in their packages for two days of breakfasts and lunches per child.
BPS will update staff and families as the state further advises school districts on make-up days and school closures. The school district’s revised school-year calendar can be reviewed online HERE.
LATEST NEWS (Friday April 10, 2:39 p.m.)
Click HERE to read today's letter to parents from Superintendent Mullins
LATEST NEWS (Monday , April 6, 2:08 p.m.)
Please be advised: There will be no meal distribution this Friday, April 10, due to the planned student/teacher holiday, which is also a non-workday for all cafeteria staff. Brevard families utilizing this daily free service should plan to pick up their child’s/children’s meals on Thursday (April 9). Each child will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Thursday to ensure nutritional continuity over the holiday. Meal distribution at all 27 school sites will resume on Monday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m., daily. Meals are being distributed throughout this week at all 27 of our food distribution sites, with the exception of this Friday.
LATEST NEWS (Wednesday April 1, 4:00 p.m.)
Governor DeSantis has declared a stay-at-home order for the State of Florida except for essential business. Brevard Public Schools has been identified as an "essential service" under the governor's stay-at-home order. Remote instruction, food service and support operations will continue. BPS continues to implement remote-work and social distancing practices with staff.
LATEST NEWS (Monday March 30, 6:07 p.m.)
Per the Florida Department of Education along with guidance from the Florida Department of Health and CDC, school closure has been extended. Students will continue with remote learning through May 4th.
LATEST NEWS (Monday March 30, 10:50 a.m.)
Brevard Public Schools, Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), was approved by the USDA to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all children ages 18 and younger during the coronavirus-related school closure. Last week, over 122,000 meals were given to children in Brevard County at 13 distribution sites!
Below are some important updates and reminders about our food distribution program:
1. MORE SITES – On Monday, March 30th, we are adding 14 additional distribution sites: Audubon Elementary, Creel Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Fairglen Elementary, Harbor City Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Palm Bay Elementary, Pinewood Elementary, Port Malabar Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Riviera Elementary, Sabal Elementary, Saturn Elementary.
2. EXISTING SITES – The 13 existing locations will continue to operate: Atlantis Elementary, Cambridge Elementary, Cape View Elementary, Central Middle, Coquina Elementary, Golfview Elementary, Jupiter Elementary, Mila Elementary, Mims Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Sunrise Elementary, Turner Elementary, and University Park Elementary.
3. TIMES – Meal distribution times for all locations will be Monday-Friday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.
4. DRIVE THRU – Parents/guardians should utilize the bus loop to pick up meals. Meals will be placed in the trunk of the vehicle to adhere to social distancing rules.
5. WALKERS/BICYCLISTS – Social distancing for those on foot or bicycles will also be observed.
6. NEW PICK-UP WAIVER – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services received a temporary waiver so that parents/guardians may pick up meals for their child(ren) due to extenuating circumstances. Effective Monday, March 30, if the child is not able to come to the food distribution site, the parent/guardian must show a valid form of identification for EACH of their children not present in order to receive meals. Examples of valid forms of identification are the following: a student identification card, child’s birth certificate, child’s passport, government-issued child identification card, or a document proving parent/guardian identity and relationship to the child such as a hospital, religious, or day care record. To ensure social distancing, the parent should place the identification of each child not present in the windshield.
7. LUNCH MENU – The lunch menu has been expanded to include easy, heat and serve meals such as chicken tenders and pizza on various days.
8. MOBILE FEEDING – A mobile feeding plan is in the works. Information will be released when finalized.
FNS is grateful to the school administration & staff, teachers, and SROs who partnered with our amazing cafeteria staff to make the first week of food distribution a success! Thank you to the parents and children for your words of encouragement, thank you notes, emails, signs, and balloons! We loved “SERVING UP HAPPINESS” on-the-go…and look forward to seeing you again this week!
LATEST NEWS (Wednesday March 25, 8:41 a.m.)
Brevard Public Schools to add additional feeding sites to a total of 27 beginning Monday, March 30th.
LATEST NEWS (Thursday March 19, 3:45 p.m.)
Cape View Elementary has been added as a beachside food distribution site.
LATEST NEWS (Tuesday March 17, 6:46 p.m.)
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that K-12 schools statewide will remain closed until April 15.
Brevard Public Schools plans to begin remote instruction for students on Monday, March 30. Assignments will be given and students will receive grades for assignments and courses. Schools will strive to keep students on track to advance in grades or graduate on time. Report cards and transcripts will still be sent.
LATEST NEWS (Tuesday March 17, 2:22 p.m.)
Kindergarten registration and orientation is postponed. We will send an update once we have the new dates scheduled.
LATEST NEWS (Monday March 16, 4:03 p.m.)
FEEDING SITES FOR CHILDREN will be available beginning Mon. March 23 through Friday March 27th at 12 regional locations.
LATEST NEWS (Saturday March 14, 10:30 a.m.)
SCHOOLS CLOSED TO STUDENTS UNTIL MARCH 30: Schools will remain closed to students for an additional week following spring break, at the direction of the state. Students will not return before Monday March 30.
Effective March 16, extracurricular activities including sports have been canceled until at least March 30. No external groups such as clubs or churches will use facilities during that time.
The school district will use the additional week to deep-clean all facilities and strengthen plans for continuing instruction remotely in case of extended campus closures due to COVID-19.
The district has emailed to all BPS employees with details on which employees will work during the week of March 23-27.