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Important Messages from Mr. Fleming

May 29, 2020

Good evening Wildcat Families,

Due to current restrictions in large group gatherings and social distancing, all Brevard high schools will plan on holding graduation during the July back-up dates.  As things stand now, our Graduation Ceremony will be held on July 18th at Satellite High Stadium at 7pm with a practice for SENIORS ONLY beginning at 4:30pm and while I understand that this is certainly not ideal, it gives us a venue for which to recognize the amazing Class of 2020.  We will communicate more on tickets and social distancing guidelines for the stadium as we formulate and finalize a plan. Students who have met the graduation requirements will be considered graduates as of May 29th.  Final transcripts will be available on June 24th.  Special thanks to the Administration of Satellite High for being so gracious to allow us to use their facility and also special thanks to our West Shore PTA for picking up the tab for final transcripts of our seniors. More information on gathering where they would like their final transcript sent with be forthcoming in the very near future.  EFSC will be provided a list of graduates for those students who are attending there in order to expedite registration.  Students with a unique need for an early transcript should contact Assistant Principal Mr. Glenn Webb or Registrar Ms. Leslie Kellner.


I humbly as for patience once again as I know this information comes as a surprise to many. We are working within the confines of what state and district guidelines allow and I apologize in advance for any inconvenience to families. I think we have all become accustomed to inconveniences, however this certainly doesn’t make things easy for any in our school community. We are trying our best and will be in touch throughout the months of June and July as we iron our plans.


We fully realize that some of our seniors have other longstanding commitments and may not be able to participate; this is certainly understandable and should that be the case I ask that you notify Mr. Webb of these intentions so that we may be able to effectively plan. I am hopeful however that most of our students will be able to participate making the most of a difficult situation for all. We will be sure to make it special and memorable given the circumstances. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by phone or email should you have questions that you need timely answers to.


Best wishes and stay safe!!! We will be in touch.


Sincerely,


Rick Fleming

 

May 28, 2020

Good Thursday Afternoon Wildcats,

 

Today marks very fond farewell to our amazing students and families for the summer; and, a not so “fond” farewell to end of the 2019-2020 school year. I know that lately it has been difficult to focus on the positives when all we seem to see and hear lately are our world related to COVID-19 and the devastating impact it has had on our country, our state, and our local community. I wish to stay positive however as amidst the chaotic ending of the year there were so many things to be thankful for. We saw huge successes in academics, athletics, co-curricular and extracurricular activities alike, and for three quarters of the school year, our students engaged in so many positive growth experiences. I am of the mindset that there are always positives that come out of negative situations and our students did, in fact, experience tremendous growth in the final quarter, albeit in a rather unconventional sense. I was comforted to see and hear heartwarming stories of families banding together, sharing resources, spaces, and most importantly…quality time together.

 

I also wanted send a heartfelt “thank you” to all of our families for your time and patience over the past few days as we collected items from our students. I know it was far from perfect however seeing all the smiling faces was certainly powerful for our staff and I hope it was as equally rewarding for our families as it was for us. We unfortunately got sidetracked by some inclement weather, therefore if you were unable to turn items in we will communicate a plan in early June to have another chance to do so. Stay tuned!!

 

As we look to what lies ahead there is tremendous uncertainty in what things may look like in the Fall and I am hopeful that we can return to some semblance of normalcy. I wanted to let our school community know that whatever the future holds, our West Shore teachers and staff will be ready to serve our families with the very best we have to offer. I ask that you please stay informed through our website, the PTA list-serve, social media, and our Blackboard Connect phone messaging as those platforms will be regularly updated with timely information about all of our summer plans for July and the ensuring registration process for the 2020-2021 School Year. For now, our front office remains closed to the public for walk-ins, however we are always available by phone or through email so please feel free to reach out to us should you have questions, comments, or concerns.

 

On a final note please once again accept my warmest wishes for a great summer break!!! We remain hopeful to a Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 on June 20th at 7pm at the Space Coast Stadium; however, we are driven by directives from the state and district therefore we will communicate out as timely as we can on this issue.

 

Best wishes

 

Sincerely,

 

Rick Fleming

 

May 22, 2020

Good Friday Afternoon Wildcats,

 

Take a breather gang as we are on the eve of probably the most well-deserved three day weekend in any recent memory. As we take time out of our crazy new routines to be with family and friends I ask you to join me and all Americans around the world in saying a little prayer of thanks to all the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Sometimes, not by design and easy to do in a time like this, we collectively see this break as just a three-day weekend; however Memorial Day is a special time to pay homage to the fallen and all of us owe our gratitude.

 

Before looking ahead to our item collection next week I would like to once again highlight our Class of 2020 who, on what would have been their graduation night are being recognized in a most unusual way. We are hosting a drive-thru recognition in their honor and will be passing out their caps, gowns, tassels, cords and our wonderful West Shore staff will be here to cheer them on as they pass through our bus loop. Special thanks also to our amazing PTA who is picking up the tab for their final transcripts so that is one less worry to what has already been a very difficult year for them. The class of 2020 have worked tremendously hard and have shown resiliency beyond measure and our school community is very, very proud of them!!! We remain hopeful for an actual Commencement Ceremony scheduled for the Space Coast Stadium on the evening of June 20th at 7pm. More information about this will be out in the coming weeks as our district evaluates the safety and security of all involved. I remain hopeful that this back-up to the back-up plan will come to fruition thus giving our seniors a fitting and noteworthy good-bye.

 

On a final note I ask that you please peruse prior communications from Ms. Halbuer on our item collection scheduled for next week. If our senior collection held earlier this week is any indication of efficiency I must report that it went exceptionally well with not long wait lines to turn items in. I thank you in advance for your continued patience as we try to put closure to what has once again been a very difficult year. Also and as a point of note our teachers will soon be finalizing grades for the year therefore I ask if there are any outstanding work items I ask that you please prompt your child to finish strong and get this work in so that it may be counted for final calculation. If you have any questions about FOCUS or final grades please contact the teacher, Mr. Webb, your child’s guidance counselor, or myself.

 

More info coming out soon about summer plans and registration. Please stay tuned as things change rather quickly.

 

Please have a safe and restful weekend!!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Fleming

 

May 8, 2020

Good Friday Afternoon Wildcats,

 

Just wanted to send a short note wishing all of our Wildcat Moms a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!!! Without your collective love, support, and ability to multi-task many of our households would most certainly fall apart. Your place in society is most revered and held in highest regard. Take a bow and take the day off on Sunday by letting others do for you!!!

 

We have sent out a lot of communique lately on everything from book collections to graduation plans and should you have any questions about these please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email. Have a safe and restful weekend!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Fleming

 

April 30, 2020

Good Thursday afternoon Wildcats,

As we close in on our sixth full week of distance learning, I wanted to reach out and thank our entire school community for your strength and resilience in meeting all of the challenges of this “new normal.” Since I last corresponded with you a lot has happened in terms of federal and state orders on social distancing and as our community begins to open up a bit from this sort of hibernation, I know there are still more questions than answers for all of us. From a school standpoint, we are working on many things to help close out what has been a challenging school year to say the least. Our bookkeeper, Ms. Kay Beach is working hard on ensuring any and all funds sent to the school for events and field trips are being reimbursed through the county accounting office and her tracking and the expediting of this has been nothing short of heroic. If you’ve not yet received funds that you are due, please be patient as they should be coming shortly. Concurrently with this effort, we are working with our vendors to seek reimbursements and, as you can imagine, that process is slow given that many businesses have been shuttered during this community crisis.

From an instructional standpoint, many of our teachers recently completed the final mid-term grades for the last nine weeks and will begin closing out final grades for the year the week of May 15. I applaud their collective effort once again and cannot say enough about our staff in meeting the needs of students as well as abbreviating a lot of work and submittal deadlines. Additionally, I would like to again thank our parents and students for working feverishly to meet expectations during unbelievably extraordinary times and circumstances. It certainly has not been perfect and frustrations are evident; however, given these conditions I remain amazed at how well all in our school community have handled this crisis. Our entire existence and way of life has been stressed beyond limits, but we continue to push on with a spirit that is inspiring!!!

We are currently working on several plans for the retrieval of instructional materials such as textbooks, uniforms, and computers that may have been checked out as we began this effort. Additionally, we are also working on a plan to gather items students left behind in our PE lockers and hope to communicate these plans in the very near future. Needless to say, it may be rather chaotic in how we accomplish these things, and I humbly ask for your patience and understanding with the plan that we eventually roll out, and I also ask that you follow the instructions explicitly in order to maintain a safe and secure process for all. Once again, please be on the lookout for this plan from Assistant Principal Catherine Halbuer in the very near future.

On a final note, our 2020 Graduation Committee, made up of staff, students, and parents, has had several Skype sessions to review multiple plans for graduation. It has been a monumental task for this committee to amend, adjust, re-adjust, recalibrate, and then re-adjust again based on ever-changing district, state, and federal guidelines on what we are and/or are not allowed to do. We currently have several plans and back-up plans in place. More information may need to be added or adjusted based on factors that are outside our control at the school level. I do wish to thank the committee for its unwavering commitment to ensuring we have some type of meaningful graduation for our Class of 2020 and I am confident that it will happen — with flexibility and adjustments of course.

Please note that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and if you have some time, please let any and all teachers out there know how much they are loved and appreciated. Our teachers are parents and grandparents like all of us, and they have been balancing a lot in this holistic community effort. Please accept my best wishes for a great weekend and keep an eye out for a lot of news in the near future about all the aforementioned items in this letter.

Best Regards,

Rick Fleming, Principal

 

 

April 17, 2020

Good Friday afternoon Wildcats,

 

As we close in on finishing our third week of distancing learning I again want to thank our teachers and students for making the most of this transition. I also want to thank our parents for taking things in stride as you successfully manage the relatively new household routines.

 

In looking forward we have been very busy making alternative plans, especially for senior activities, and are eagerly awaiting more information from the Governor on whether schools will re-open as scheduled on May 4th. I fully understand that this decision is causing great angst in school communities around the state and nation as our children are certainly our most precious resource. Potentially sending them back to school too early during this pandemic is a concern to all of us.

 

Needless to say, proactive planning is extremely difficult during these uncertain times and for West Shore, a school known for being ahead of the curve with everything we do, this is excruciating. We will however continue to make plans and back up plans and communicate them out as soon as we have further direction.

 

In the meantime, please feel free to email myself or any of our staff that may be of assistance and we will certainly try to get answers for you.

 

Have a safe and restful weekend!!

 

Sincerely, 

Rick Fleming

 

April 9, 2020

On what would be a normal Holy Thursday and Passover for both our Christian and Jewish friends we have had a tough couple of weeks. Households are dealing with monumental changes in routines and customs and the transition can certainly be considered challenging. Through it all, whatever your faith may be, please accept my warmest wishes for a successful weekend of prayer and fellowship for our Wildcat families. These are trying times indeed and although we are all stretched, I am confident that our school community is of the strongest and most resilient pedigree. Love and Prayers for the entire Wildcat Nation past and present!! We got this!!!

Your friend in faith and fellowship, 

Rick Fleming

 

April 3, 2020

Good Friday Afternoon Wildcats,

 

Well it has been quite a week indeed for all of us and I simply wanted to thank everyone for your patience and understanding as we continue to build the ship in the sea of distance learning. I very much appreciate the feedback we have been getting which can only help to serve better and refine this process for our students. As we all know by now Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a Stay-At-Home order across our state which will now force us to completely shutter our doors and phones beginning on Tuesday afternoon of next week. All operations will go completely virtual and all staff will be available through their school email and other online platforms. Once again, Ms. Halbuer will be sending out a list of contacts for FAQ’s in everything from Admin to ZOOM so that you may stay in touch with us with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. I know that there are still lingering questions about school in the likely event closure extends to the remainder of the year and please know that I will continue to give regular updates on school functions as things evolve with this generation changing event. To give you a few updates on things I do know; I have received direction that the student/teacher holidays already on the calendar for April 10th (Good Friday) and April 24th have not changed and remain as Non-school days for students and teachers. Additionally, there is a focus group of district teachers and staff reviewing what may or may not be required regarding Final Exams in the event we remain closed. Finally, it is too early to tell what our 2020 Graduation may look like and as soon as I am made aware of direction on this I will communicate out. Best wishes for a restful weekend and please stay safe and stay home!!!

 

Please see attached information recently released regarding AP Exams and schedule!!!  2020 AP Exam Schedule 2020

 

Sincerely,  Rick Fleming

 

April 1, 2020

 

Good afternoon Wildcat Nation,

 

As you are probably aware by now, our Governor just issued a Stay-At-Home order for the entire state of Florida. As we as a community prepare for what this means to all of us I wanted to be touch base with you as we are now in full-motion with our distance learning initiative. In addition to FOCUS being our primary communication/direction tool for our instruction I wanted you to now be aware of a new feature that was added to the FOCUS page. In an effort to track our student progress and engagement during this time we are asking that your child click the “Present” button each day  that now appears on their login page. While this is not tracking attendance in a formal sense it once again will allow us to ensure every student is engaged with the online work.

 

Additionally, it has been brought to my attention by several teachers that many of our students are working in groups on assignments and things. In any other circumstance other than that of personal safety I implore you to help enforce the physical distancing rules within your households as we all do our best to not only protect our loved ones, but others as well. I fully realize that our young people desperately need camaraderie and fellowship and there will come a day again for which we will make up lost time in this regard; however, I cannot stress enough how important this distancing is for all of us.

 

Shortly, Ms. Halbuer will be sending out a list of West Shore email contacts of those individuals on staff that I have designated to be primary contacts on everything from tech support to curriculum and content questions. Also, I have had a lot of questions recently about volunteer hour requirements for students and parents and while I do appreciate the collective concern about this school and Bright Futures requirement you have my word that we will certainly not be punitive in enforcement of this during a national crisis such as what we are collectively dealing with.

 

In closing I wish to thank each of our families for your patience as we all try to adjust to what is our new normal for the foreseeable future. Please know that West Shore stands to serve in any way we can as our students and their collective well-being are at the top of our pyramid. Stay safe, stay engaged, and stay in touch!! Love you guys.

 

Rick Fleming

 

 

 

March 27, 2020

Good afternoon Wildcats,

 

As we head into the weekend I simply wanted to wish you and your families the very best and ask that you continue to take the necessary precautions outlined in previous communications shared via all of our media sites. I know and fully understand that there has been a lot to digest recently and as we adjust to distance learning the next couple of weeks our learning curve as a school community will continue to go almost vertical. Please know however that we are in this together and as West Shore always does, we will rise to the top of this learning curve. Our teachers are armed with many online tools both interactive and fixed and they are equally anxious to get students back to work. I will continue to push out timely information as I receive it and our school team will, of course, be available via email and phone to answer any questions to the best of our ability.

 

On a more humane note I wanted to share some helpful tips and suggestions for you at home as you transition as well to a life change that none of us expected. Our personal mental health and that of our children are extremely important during this ongoing struggle therefore having a good barometer and some strategies may be helpful as we all deal with this ever evolving crisis. In closing I wanted to once again reassure the Wildcat Nation that we are together in this challenge and our students and their collective needs are at the top of our world. Stay safe and stay strong….We got this!!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Rick Fleming  

 

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS TIPS FOR QUARANTINE

 

  1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

 

  1. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

 

  1. Get outside at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. Play in the yard, take a walk around the block, draw with sidewalk chalk, etc.  If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

 

  1. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!

 

  1. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support. Don’t forget to do this for your children as well. Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too!

 

  1. Stay hydrated and eat well. This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food. Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new! Remember that BPS is offering breakfast and lunch pick up at 13 sites. You drive up with your children in the car and they will put two breakfasts and two lunches per child into your trunk. It is FREE to EVERYONE. More information is at the site below. https://www.brevardschools.org/cms/lib/FL02201431/Centricity/ModuleInstance/5964/Schools%20Open%20as%20Food%20Distribution%20Centers.pdf

 

  1. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoebox or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first aid when overwhelmed.

 

  1. Spend extra time playing with children. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play. Don’t be surprised to see therapeutic themes of illness, doctor visits, and isolation. Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

 

  1. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best. It is important to move with grace through blowups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements. Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.

 

  1. Everyone finds their own retreat space. Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. It is important that people think through their own separate space for work and for relaxation. For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed. You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”. It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

 

  1. Expect behavioral issues in children and respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.

 

  1. Focus on safety and attachment. We are going to be living for a bit with the unprecedented demand of meeting all work deadlines, homeschooling children, running a sterile household, and making a whole lot of entertainment in confinement. We can get wrapped up in meeting expectations in all domains, but we must remember that these are scary and unpredictable times for children. Focus on strengthening the connection through time spent following their lead, through physical touch, through play, through therapeutic books, and via verbal reassurances that you will be there for them in this time.

 

  1. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance. This idea is connected with #12. We are doing too many things at this moment, under fear and stress. This does not make a formula for excellence. Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self-acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback. You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation.

 

  1. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children. One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute. The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist. Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume (again 30 minutes tops, 2-3 times daily). Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything and can become very frightened by what they hear.

 

  1. Notice the good in the world, the helpers. There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic. There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways. It is important to counterbalance the heavy information with the hopeful information.

 

  1. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants by doing take-out (if you are comfortable with this), check in with elderly neighbors by phone, write letters or draw pictures for nursing homes or relatives and place them in the mail, etc. 

 

  1. Find something you can control and control the heck out of it. In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world. Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

 

  1. Find a long-term project to dive into. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, start a 15 hour game of Risk, paint a picture, read the Harry Potter series, binge watch an 8-season show, crochet a blanket, solve a Rubix cube, or develop a new town in Animal Crossing. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world.

 

  1. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress.

 

  1. Find an expressive art and go for it. Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling. Find something that is creative (sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all. See how relieved you can feel. It is a very effective way of helping kids to emote and communicate as well! Mrs. Woodside’s son is hosting drawing lessons of Disney characters every weekday. You can find him on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbz0SRP7ftKQWKSHvIKPBzQ

 

  1. Find lightness and humor in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

 

  1. Reach out for help—your team is there for you. If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available to you, even at a distance. Keep up your medications and your therapy sessions the best you can. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis. Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges. Seek support groups of fellow homeschoolers, parents, and neighbors to feel connected. There is help and support out there, any time of the day—although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

 

  1. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment. We have no road map for this. We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now. Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable. Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry. Take each chunk one at a time and move through stress in pieces.

 

  1. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary. It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end. It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us. Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

 

  1. Find the lesson. This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable. When psychologists work with trauma, a key feature to helping someone work through said trauma is to help them find their agency, the potential positive outcomes they can affect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction. What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis? What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world?

 

March 24,, 2020

Brevard Public Schools

Continuity of Operations Update

March 24, 2020

7:15pm

Incident Name: COVID - 19

The intended audience for this update is the Leadership Team to be used for your planning purposes. 

Current Event Status

 

In EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-80, Governor Desantis has directed everyone who has traveled from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York),  and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida.  Any person who violates any isolation or quarantine directed by the Department of Health commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by imprisonment

not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

 

Local Considerations

District Highlights:

·         A Memorandum of Understanding between Brevard Public Schools and The Brevard Federation of teachers was agreed upon Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

·         Annual Evaluations – instructional annual evaluations have been waived for the 2019/20.

·         Registration  - please click for  COVID-19 remote registration processes, directions, and paperwork.

·         Food Plan –Twelve (12) different distribution sites will be used - Atlantis, Coquina, Mims, Cambridge, Golfview, MILA, Central, Jupiter, Sherwood, Sunrise, Turner, and University Park.  An Additional 14 sites will be added on Monday including: Pinewood Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Saturn Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Fairglen Elementary, Audubon Elementary, Creel Elementary, Sabal Elementary, Harbor City Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Palm Bay Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Riviera Elementary, Port Malabar Elementary

https://www.brevardschools.org/cms/lib/FL02201431/Centricity/ModuleInstance/5964/Schools%20Open%20as%20Food%20Distribution%20Centers.pd

 

Local Highlights:

·         As of this morning, March 24, 2020, there are nine (9) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Brevard County.

 

Florida Highlights:

·         Number of cases and additional information:

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

Public Protective Measures

·         Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

·         Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

·         Break the habit of touching eyes, nose, and mouth

·         Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home when sick

·         Advise sick employees to stay home

·         Follow respiratory etiquette by coughing/sneezing into your sleeve

·         Instead of handshakes, consider offering fist bumps or elbow bumps

COVID-19 On-line Resources

CDC:

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

FDOH:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/

FDOH Dashboard:

https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86

FDOH Posters/Flyers Toolkit

http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Next Update

As Needed

Stay Informed via Social media

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Other Platforms:

·         CDC Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CDC/

·         CDC Twitter:  CDCemergency and @CDCgov

·         FDOH Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FLDepartmentofHealth

·         FDOH Twitter: @healthyFla

·         Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information between 8 AM and 6 PM.  The FDOH COVID-19 call center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 1-866-779-6121, but is experiencing a large volume of calls.  Another option is to email COVID-19@flhealth.gov

 

 


March 18, 2020

Good morning Wildcats,

I wanted to share the latest information regarding our internal planning during the mandatory school shut down. First, please know that all teachers will be uploading final grades into FOCUS for this nine week marking period coming up on the 23rd of March. All state testing has been suspended and I am currently seeking information from College Board regarding AP exams and how those will be handled. More info to come on this later as I receive it. Second, all school for teachers and staff are shut down until March 30th therefore no formal online student assignments or work will begin prior to that date. Third, I will be having an internal planning meeting with WS school based leadership starting Monday morning March 23rd to assess our online platforms. I know this so far, right now FOCUS will be our primary communication portal for grades and directing students to other teacher-lead platforms such as google classroom, zoom, YouTube, Skype, and other digital instructional models. We will not micromanage teachers as they select one of these with which to deliver instruction and we will be counting on and relying on their professionalism as they navigate these waters with our students. Trust in the fact that we as a school will always err on the side of the student in working through grade and digital work related issues. Finally, I am not quite certain what the schedule for our online effort will look like at this moment, remember that this IS Spring Break still and many students, teachers, and staff are, I’m sure trying to come to grips with everything while also trying to mix in some fun Spring Break activities. Please enjoy family at this time and I can assure you that the Wildcat Nation will get through this together. Expect a more detailed and comprehensive update from me on Monday afternoon the 23rd or Tuesday morning the 24th. I thank you all for your patience and understanding and please do not hesitate to email me or my administrative staff should you have any questions. Stay safe!!

 Sincerely, Rick Fleming

 

 

March 17, 2020

Good evening Wildcat Pairents and Community,

First, I ask that you please pardon any spelling a grammatical issues as I am updating from my phone and away from my computer.

Attached you will find a most recent communique from our Governor about school closures through April 15th. While this is shocking news indeed we are all grappling with the gravity of this unprecedented situation and I fully understand that currently there are more questions than answers. I have a 10am Skype session tomorrow and hope to have some direction on flexibility to provide digital options for West Shore students. I humbly ask for patience as we put together a plan for students so as they do not miss out on valuable content during this shutdown. Please stay tuned for an update from me outlining where we go from here in terms of online instruction from West Shore staff. As you know, many of our teachers already implement and use online platforms and as we transition to these options holistically it will be rather challenging for sure. Please know however that it is always our mission to serve the Wildcat Nation with excellence and we will not rest in moving through these unprecedented times. Students and their individual and collective needs are always our paramount focus. Please stay tuned to all of our Media outlets as We regularly push out information. Stay safe!!  

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Hensley.Jennifer@District Communications" <Hensley.Jennifer@Brevardschools.org>
Date: March 17, 2020 at 6:44:35 PM EDT
To: All BPS Employees <AllBPSEmployees@Brevardschools.org>
Subject: Important announcement re school closures


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that K-12 schools statewide will remain closed until April 15. In response, Brevard Public Schools will be implementing its instructional continuity plan for students beginning Monday, March 30. Specific details will come soon.

In addition, the Governor has canceled all K-12 required state testing and the Florida Department of Education will not be assigning school grades for the 2019-2020 school year.

The district is working hard to solidify plans to follow this statewide order and will continue to provide updates and further information as soon as we can.

This information was just received. We understand you have questions and we are doing our best to work through them. Please look for an update from the Superintendent tomorrow.

Sincerely, Mr. Fleming 


 

March 12, 2020

Dearest Wildcat Nation,

First, I want to provide an update with regards COVID-19.  We take our guidance and direction from the Department of Health; therefore, I want to share the most up-to-date information disseminated by the Department of Health that is located on the BPS Website (https://www.brevardschools.org/).  Simply click on the large picture on the home page.  While we do not anticipate any school closures, West Shore ALWAYS wants to ensure that we are prepared for any emergency situation.  At this time, we are gathering information from students and staff on everything regarding infrastructure and logistics to fully understand the capability of our students to receive instruction at home and for our staff to deliver that instruction.  We want to ensure our students have access to a device and can successfully logon to both FOCUS and Launchpad remotely.  Please know that any change in instructional delivery will be made alongside the Health Department and the Florida Department of Education.  Again, we are not anticipating any school closures at this time; however, things seems to change and decisions made rather quickly therefore I ask that you keep regularly posted through all of our media outlets to include Peachjar, Facebook, The Roar, district and school website, PTA List serve, and our automated phone system. These will be updated as quickly as we get information from our sources.

With regards to our various events, parents and legal guardians are the driving force for students participating in field trips, athletics, competitions and various activities.  Students will receive no consequences for not attending an event based on a parent/legal guardian’s directive.  My staff will send updates should anything change with regards to field trips, athletics, competitions, activities, etc.

Finally, I want to wish each of our families a happy, healthy Spring Break.  The West Shore front office will be open for regular hours  from March 16 – March 20. Please remember that Monday, March 23rd is a student holiday and there is no school on that day. As always, Please do not hesitate to give us a call should you have any questions, comments, or concerns. The Wildcat Nation will weather this latest challenge together and certainly be stronger as a result!!!

Sincerely, Rick Fleming, Principal

 

March 11, 2020

Good afternoon ‘Cats,

The latest info coming down from the district has in no way communicated any decision to close schools!! This being said, it has always been our philosophy to hope for the best, but plan for the worst!! In the event for a worst case scenario of communication on school closings during or shortly after Spring Break all of us need to be prepared. As I write this email to you Mr. Webb is currently crafting a separate email to our English department for specific instructions on ensuring all of our students know how to adequately access Launchpad and their respect FOCUS accounts. I ask that all of you connect or reconnect with all of your online texts or resources to make certain we have adequate instructional content pacing and focus for our students via the FOCUS platform. Also, if any of you do not have a working computer or internet access at home please let Ms. Friend and Ms. Halbuer know so that we can look to make other arrangements.

In looking forward, I understand that there are going to be a lot more questions than answers and at this time the aforementioned is all I am asking of each of you. There has been some discussion that “IF” things come to school closures, how we might handle and/or use an interactive program or platform via YouTube, Skype, Google classroom, or other for instruction. Should we get to that point I am happy to report West Shore has a team of expert teachers in each of these that have already offered to train us on use of these tools so that we can keep our kids up with things should it come to this. More on this later if need be!!

I have another Skype session with the CDC, Brevard Board of Health, and the District today at 5pm so if anything changes or we need to update you further I will push out the information.

Thank you all for helping to maintain a sense of calm among our students and school community. Please see me if you have questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely, Mr. Fleming
 

 

March 9, 2020

Travel Advisory from DOH 3-9-20  

 

March 5, 2020

Warmest Regards Wildcat Nation,

Being a well-informed school community I am quite certain that we are all watching the latest news reports as they relate to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please know that our school and district are closely monitoring information that seems to change almost hourly. Currently, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Brevard County as evidence by a meeting I attended yesterday with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Brevard County Board of Health. Additionally, there have been no school closures nor cancellation of co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities and should this occur at any time in the future I will disseminate information through all our media sources to include Peachjar, BlackboardConnect Phone messaging, Facebook, PTA List serve, The Roar school newspaper, and our school and district website.

As your school Principal, and more so as your community friend, I implore you to do your very best to remain cautious but calm as our children will certainly respond in-kind to our collective behavior as adults. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us here at West Shore should you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Rick Fleming

 

Below is an additional resource from our meeting yesterday:    

“Brevard Public Schools is working in close partnership with the Brevard Department of Health.  The DOH will be providing direction to the schools and community about the appropriate steps to take with the most up-to-date information they have.  If you have any questions, please refer to the Department of Health’s website at www.flhealth.gov or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov . You can also all 866-779-6121 or 211 for more information”

 

February 28, 2020

Dear BPS Families,

With the recent increased attention to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in both local and national media, we wanted to reach out with information and important health tips.

There are no cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Florida at this time, and there is no cause for alarm; however, we are encouraging our schools to be proactive. District staff have a plan in place for our schools in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health, and the State Department of Education. We will keep our schools updated as information is shared with us by these entities. For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, we encourage you to visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/ 

With it also being flu and cold season, Brevard schools were already instructing students and staff on best practices for preventing transmission of respiratory and other illness:

Avoid close contact with others who are sick; Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer; Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth as germs are spread this way; Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs; and Avoid sharing food and drinks with others.

Please remember, students/staff/teachers with a fever should stay home from school until they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

As always, we look forward to serving the needs of our students and families and will keep you informed of any developments.

Thank You, Mr. Fleming