• Will students be able to use cash to pay for food items?

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    Families are encouraged to use MyPaymentsPlus.com for cashless transactions. Touchpads will be removed, students will either scan an ID or verbally share their student number.

     

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  • Will cafeteria workers have to wear masks when handling food?

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    All cafeteria staff will wear masks and gloves during preparation, and meal service.

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  • How will you ensure social distancing on the lunch line?

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    School cafeterias are a vital component of the educational environment and essential to the health and well-being of all students.

     

    • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed outside cafeteria entrances.
    • Serving lines have been modified to offer more safely pre-packaged items.
    • Serving lines have been rearranged for consideration of social distancing.
    • School Administration and the Food Services Team are establishing additional locations for meal service and identifying seating configurations that minimize risk.
    • School cafeterias will continue to provide grab and go meal packages in addition to items on the serving lines.
    • All cafeteria tables, serving lines, and high touch points will be cleaned in between lunches.

     

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  • How will bus drivers enforce students keeping their masks on during the ride to/from school?

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    Parents and staff will need to work together to ensure a safe environment for riding the bus and provide proper guidance to children on bus riding rules etiquette. The district will provide additional resources such as video references to aid in expectation setting. Misconduct on the bus will result in disciplinary action that may include suspension from the bus.

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  • What precautions are you taking on school buses?

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    Transportation provides unique challenges for social distancing. Transportation routes have been adjusted for no more than two students per seat and other safety measures. Parents and staff will need to work together to ensure a safe environment for riding the bus.

     

    • Parents must provide proper guidance to their children on appropriate social distancing at bus stops.
    • Students are expected to wear masks/face coverings while on the bus, with the exception of students with documented medical or sensory conditions that would be adversely impacted by wearing a mask.
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be on each bus, and students will be encouraged to use the hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.
    • Students will be given an assigned seat. Students must sit in that assigned seat each day. Siblings and those sharing a household will be seated together.
    • Students should allow appropriate distance between each other when entering and exiting the bus.
    • Bus drivers will wipe down seats and high-touch areas between each run.
    • Windows will be open when the weather permits.
    • Misconduct on the bus will result in disciplinary action that may include suspension from the bus.
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  • Are school nurses qualified in recognizing and managing COVID-related symptoms?

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    Yes. The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County manages the School Health Services Program in cooperation with Brevard Public Schools which provides funding to place a health professional in each public school clinic. School health clinic staff are professionally trained to advocate for children's health and safety within the educational setting. Typically, school health staff are comprised of health aides, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses.

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  • How often will communal and high touch surfaces be cleaned?

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    Every classroom will be thoroughly cleaned, to include ALL surfaces at least once a day. Schools will develop plans for cleaning in-between classes. Bathrooms and other common spaces will be cleaned multiple times a day. All cafeteria tables will be cleaned in between student use. Cleaning for extracurricular and after school programs will be coordinated at the school site. Each school will receive a liquid-disinfecting misting machine designed to quickly move from room-to-room and broadcast/spray through a hand-held wand. This is both for preventative and deep cleaning.

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  • How often will classrooms be cleaned?

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    Every classroom will be thoroughly cleaned, to include ALL surfaces at least once a day. Schools will develop plans for cleaning in-between classes. Bus drivers, cafeteria staff, and custodians will be trained in cleaning procedures and new protocols for increased frequency of cleaning.

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  • Are face masks mandatory?

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    All members of the school community are expected to wear a face covering whenever proper social distancing (6 feet) cannot be met, or particularly in certain instructional settings such as CTE labs or other vulnerable activities or areas. Standard rules apply on school appropriateness. Masks should cover the nose and mouth but not the full face.

     

    • For the safety of everyone on the bus, it is expected that all bus riders wear a face covering while on the bus.
    • Students who are sent to the clinic and exhibiting symptoms will be provided a mask to wear while awaiting parent pick up.
    • Face Shields will be available at each school for faculty members along with a robust supply of disposable masks.
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  • Will the attendance policy be flexible?

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    Yes, we will practice generosity and flexibility in our attendance policy, as we want families to take this virus seriously and to keep their children home if they are showing signs or symptoms. Students kept home by parents/guardians or by school officials for health-related reasons will be considered excused. The school will support individual circumstances with an academic plan for continued learning at home should the student be well enough to work.

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  • If there is a confirmed COVID case in a school, will it be shut down and for how long?

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    In the event a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, the BPS Response Team, in coordination with the Brevard Department of Health and school leadership, will close the building to clean, disinfect and conduct contract tracing. The school/district will communicate with staff, parents and students of possible exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by the ADA and HIPAA. A Custodial Strike Team will be activated to support the cleaning of the facility. The Response Team, in coordination with the DOH, will determine when students and staff should return to school and what additional steps are needed for the school community, and an Instructional Continuity Plan will be implemented. with all impacted students which includes providing services for students with disabilities and the activation of a meal distribution plan.

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  • When can staff or students return to work/school after being or living w/ a COVID-19 case?

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    Staff and students (parents or legal guardian) are responsible for following the Department of Health guidelines for a safe and healthy return to work and school.

     

    • An employee or student with a confirmed asymptomatic case of COVID-19 may return to school after 14 days.
    • The employee or student with a confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19 may return to work/school 10 days after the last symptom has passed without medication.
    • Employees or students who live with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may return to work/school after 14 days, unless they become symptomatic. If they become symptomatic, they may return 10 days after the last symptom has passed without medication.
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  • Will I be notified if my child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

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    The school and/or district communications will notify staff, parents and students of possible exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by ADA and HIPAA.

     

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  • What will happen if a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?

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    Staff and students (parent or legal guardian) must notify their school if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The BPS Response Team, in coordination with the Brevard Department of Health and school administrators, will close building to clean, disinfect and conduct contract trancing. The Response Team in coordination with Brevard DOH will determine when students and staff should return to schools and what additional steps are needed for the school community.

     

    The school and/or district communications will notify staff, parents and students of possible exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by ADA and HIPAA.

     

    The Custodial Strike Team will be activated to support the cleaning of the facility.

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  • What is the process for notification if my child has been exposed to COVID-19?

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    Staff and parents/guardians of students must notify their school if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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  • What will happen if a student or staff member presents COVID-19 symptoms?

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    If students with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (loss of taste and/or smell, serious headache, nausea, diarrhea) comes to school, they will be sent to the health clinic for evaluation. Temperatures will be taken upon entering the clinic. If the temperature is over 100F, the parent/guardian will be notified the student is too ill to remain in school. While waiting for their parent/guardian, the student will be given a face mask and be socially isolated from others, and a nurse will be present with them until they are picked up. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for promptly picking up, or properly arranging for the pick-up, of a student sent home from the clinic.

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  • How will schools manage the needs of medically vulnerable students or those with special needs?

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    A plan addressing the needs for students with special healthcare considerations that place them at higher risk for medical difficulties related to COVID-19 has been developed and will be implemented at the school level.

     

    • All teachers and other staff members who may be responsible for implementing a student’s Individual Health Plan (IHP) will be made aware that the student has a plan and fully comply with it when the school year begins. Teachers must fully implement IHPs for eligible students.
    • Medically vulnerable students may also have a 504 Plan, an approved Chronic Health condition or an IEP.
    • Parents should work closely with the school clinic, school staff, and Department of Health officials to ensure that their child’s school has proper documentation of all medical conditions.
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  • Will students receive any instruction on health and safety protocols?

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    School and parent/guardian partnerships are critical to ensuring that all students are properly supported, and that staff have the information they need to assist students. BPS will provide informational fact sheets, videos and links to reputable third-party resources for our parents’/guardians’ reference. These materials will be shared as they are developed and housed on the district web site under the COVID-19 resources page at https://www.brevardschools.org/COVID-19.

     

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  • Will students have use of water fountains in classrooms and hallways?

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    Water fountains will have signage restricting their use to the filling of water bottles or cups.

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  • Will hand sanitizer be readily available for students to use throughout the campus?

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    Hand sanitizer will also be available in common spaces where there are no sinks such as gyms, cafeterias, and outdoor play areas. Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting a classroom.

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  • How will teachers enforce hand washing and other safety protocols?

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    According to the CDC, handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. All school bathrooms will be cleaned and stocked multiple times throughout the day.

     

    • Students in an elementary school setting will be taught proper handwashing and regularly scheduled for handwashing multiple times throughout the day.
    • Secondary students will be taught proper handwashing and be given ample time at class change and throughout the day for handwashing.
    • Students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting a classroom.
    • Hand sanitizer will also be available in common spaces where there are no sinks such as gyms, cafeterias, and outdoor play areas.
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  • How will staff ensure students comply with social distancing during arrivals and dismissal?

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    School teams will also develop arrival and dismissal protocols to minimize interaction (i.e., staggered dismissal schedules for walkers, bike riders, and golf carts).

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  • What measures will you take to socially distance students while at school?

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    • Extraneous furniture and clutter will be removed from classrooms to allow for more distancing. Where possible, desks will be spaced three to six feet apart (per AAP guidelines).
    • In classrooms, desks will be turned in the same direction and tables will be seated so that students are not facing each other.
    • Hallway traffic patterns will be modified to minimize face-to-face interaction.
    • Plexi-glass barriers will be place, when appropriate, in offices and reception areas.
    • School schedules will be designed to minimize congregation in communal areas to include cafeterias, gyms, courtyards, etc. School teams will also develop arrival and dismissal protocols to minimize interaction.
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  • Will schools be conducting temperature screenings of all staff and students as they enter?

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    Parents are the first level of daily health checks, as they are the most knowledgeable judge of their own child’s health as COVID has an incubation period in which symptoms may not be evident.

     

    • Students and staff should take their own temperature before reporting to school each day and stay home if above 100F or if experiencing other symptoms.
    • Schools will identify students not equally supported in a self-assessment at home and develop a plan to screen those students upon arrival at school.
    • Schools will have touchless thermometers available for a second screening, when appropriate.

     

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  • What about parents who send their children to school sick or with a fever?

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    We are 100-percent dependent on our families for taking care of their children and keeping them home when they have a fever or are showing signs/symptoms of illness. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to take their child’s temperature each day and if above 100F, or if experiencing other symptoms, to keep them home. If your child is sick or showing symptoms of illness, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork. Students kept home by parents for health-related reasons will be considered excused.

     

    For more information, please refer to the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 web pages:

     

     

     

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  • Will teachers and staff be trained on all the new changes, protocols and expectations?

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    All faculty and staff will complete professional development on COVID-19 health and safety protocols and blended learning instructional experiences during orientation prior to the first day.

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  • Will you have a checklist for parents to follow for how to check for COVID signs/symptoms, etc.?

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    BPS will be providing informational fact sheets on its health and safety protocols and access to other helpful district and reputable third-party resources. These materials will be shared as they are developed and housed on the district web site under the COVID-19 resources page at:

    https://www.brevardschools.org/COVID-19.

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  • Will parents be required to sign a waiver each day stating their child has no fever, symptoms?

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    No. Our parents/guardians are the first level of daily health checks and the most knowledgeable judge of their own child’s health as COVID has an incubation period in which symptoms may not be evident. We are 100% dependent on them to conduct daily health assessments with their child/children. Schools will have touchless thermometers available at each site for a second screening, when appropriate. Staff and parents/guardians of students must notify their school if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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  • Who serves on the Reopening Task Force?

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    Our task force members include:

     

    • Dawn Bronstein, Manager - Educational Technology
    • Jane Cline, Assistant Superintendent - Elementary Leading and Learning
    • Karyle Green, Director - Professional Standards/Labor Relations
    • Sue Hann, Assistant Superintendent – Facilities Services
    • Maureen Kelly RN MSN, Assistant Community Health Nursing Director - Florida Department of Health in Brevard
    • Bill Macheras, Assistant Director – Athletics and Activities
    • Michael Miller, Director – Transportation
    • Christine Moore, Assistant Superintendent - Student Services
    • Brian Neal, Brevard County Sheriff's Office - District Security
    • Jim Powers, Manager - Environmental Health and Safety
    • Dawn Richer, Manager – Procurement and Distribution Services
    • Patty Seibert RN BSN, Nursing Services Director - Florida Department of Health in Brevard
    • Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent - Secondary Leading and Learning
    • Kevin Thornton, Director – Food and Nutrition Services
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  • Where can I review the re-opening feedback submitted by the community?

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    We received over 13,000 responses comprised of feedback from teachers, administrators, staff, parents, students and community members. They are housed on our Reopening Task Force web site. CLICK HERE to review.

     

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  • Could the first day of school be pushed back into September?

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    Any decision about moving the start date beyond the newly pushed back date of August 24, 2020 will be made with guidance from the Governor’s office and the Florida Department of Education.

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  • What is the American Association of Pediatrics’ (AAP’s) stance on returning to school?

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    The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. Please see the following study for more information: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/

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  • What outside third-party resources did BPS reference in development of its reopening plan?

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    We relied on the guidance of a number of respected organizations and authorities as we developed our health and safety protocols for the reopening of schools. This includes:

     

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

     

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/

     

    Florida Department of Health

    https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

     

    Florida Department of Education

    http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/

     

    U.S. Department of Education

    https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

     

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

     

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  • What is Brevard Public Schools’ plan for returning students and staff to school?

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    Brevard Public Schools’ reopening plan can be READ HERE.

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