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BPS Provides Graduation Update and Guidelines

BPS News Release

July 2, 2020
Media contact:
Nicki Hensley, Office of Government & Community Relations

BPS Announces Plans and Protocols for July Graduation Ceremonies

VIERA, FL – Brevard Public Schools today announced plans to hold graduation ceremonies for each of its high schools from July 18th - 25th. All ceremonies will be held outdoors with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines and additional district-mandated health and safety protocols for students, guests and staff to include:

• Mandatory face coverings for all staff, participants and attendees -- all are expected to have their own mask;
• Student temperature screenings upon arrival;
• Each graduate will receive 2 tickets for guests -- all guests will be seated in the bleachers
• No physical contact between students and/or staff;
• No guests on the field before, during, or after the ceremony;
• No indoor activities to include group gatherings, practices, or other traditions.

Students will be seated six feet apart throughout the event’s duration, as will their guests. Upon completion of the ceremony, all graduates and visitors will immediately exit the venue as directed, while continuing to socially distance themselves from one another. Further details and individual graduation plans will be released by each school the week of July 6th, along with a complete list of graduation health and safety procedures.

“I am grateful to our school principals for their efforts to make this long-awaited goal a reality for the Class of 2020,” said BPS Superintendent, Dr. Mark Mullins. “This plan makes it possible for our graduates to experience an in-person ceremony surrounded by classmates and family and to be individually recognized while receiving their diploma. It will, however, require a willingness on the part of our students and their guests to comply with added health and safety measures which will be strongly enforced.”

Individuals who are COVID positive, considered high risk or those displaying fever or flu-like symptoms should not attend. The district is planning to live stream ceremonies where feasible for those unable to be there in person.

A schedule of school graduation dates and times is provided below:

Date & Time School/Location

July 18 – 9:00 AM Cocoa Beach

July 18 – 5:00 PM Astronaut

July 18 – 5:00 PM Satellite
July 18- 7:00 PM Rockledge @ McLarty
July 18 – 7:00 PM Viera
July 18 – 8:30 PM West Shore @ Satellite
July 23 – 7:00 PM Heritage
July 24- 7:00 PM Cocoa
July 24 – 7:00 PM Melbourne
July 24 – 7:00 PM Merritt Island
July 24 – 7:00 PM Space Coast
July 25 – 8:30 AM Eau Gallie
July 25 – 9:00 AM Bayside
July 25 – 9:00 AM Palm Bay
July 25 – 9:00 AM Titusville
July 25 – 10:00 AM Edgewood @ Merritt Island
TBA Brevard Virtual
TBA Adult Education