Brevard Public Schools’ Mark Mullins Provides Online Learning Update, Schools Currently Set to Reopen May 4

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90 percent of BPS students now logging into the online system daily

Mark Mullins, Brevard Public Schools Superintendent: As week two of distance learning comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we are all still adapting to this new normal.

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By Mark Mullins, Brevard Public Schools Superintendent 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As week two of distance learning comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we are all still adapting to this new normal.

I continue to admire and appreciate the support that has been shown to our teachers as they navigate these uncharted waters and adjust to remote instruction.

In all this uncertainty, one thing is abundantly clear…they miss your kids tremendously!

I know this has not come without sacrifice or struggle on your end as well, as you are likely trying to strike a balance between your own workload and those of your child’s/children’s, while juggling multiple schedules, learning new technology and communications platforms, and attempting to keep everyone organized and on task throughout the day.

I recognize that homeschooling was not a life you or our teachers chose, but you’ve risen to the challenge and we appreciate your increased partnership.

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By the end of last week, approximately 90-percent of BPS students were logging into the online system daily.

This percentage does not reflect students who are working with paper packets as accommodations for special needs or for lack of a reliable way to connect online. That is an incredible testament to the commitment of our families.

I wish I could be writing to you with more answers and definitives, but just like you, we are anxiously awaiting word from the state as to when things can return to some form of normalcy.

Our main priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff and we will make no decisions without taking their well-being into account.

Right now, we are still planning to welcome students back into our schools on Monday, May 4. Should we be directed otherwise, we will have an alternate plan to maintain our remote curriculum.

For those parents with seniors, I know this must be an especially anxious and difficult time, as so much hangs in the balance by way of graduation and all of the well-earned and much-anticipated activities and celebrations that come with this important life milestone.

I have spoken with our high school principals and we share a common desire for our seniors to experience a traditional graduation ceremony. As of right now, we are sticking to our established graduation dates, but we may need to consider alternative options, based on when the CDC deems it safe to resume public events and gatherings.

I will be meeting (virtually) with our Student Government leaders next week to discuss this and other alternatives for graduation and to brainstorm ways to ensure our Class of 2020 receives the recognition they so deserve.

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