Educational Services Facility
9:00 a.m.

July 9, 2020 Board Workshop (DRAFT School Re-Opening)

Meeting processes continue to be modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. There will be no public attendance. The meeting will be live streamed on Spectrum Channel 496 and the District's YouTube site as well as recorded for public viewing.  


The School Board held a Board Workshop on July 9, 2020 to discuss the draft reopening plan.  Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Thursday, July 2, 2020 edition of The Eagle.  An affidavit of publication is held in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Call to Order

Chairman Belford called the meeting to order at: 9:00 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Members present: Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell


Ms. McDougall joined telephonically.


Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Draft Re-Opening Plan
Draft BPS Reopening July 8 2020.pdf

Superintendent Dr. Mullins acknowledged the task force which consisted of 14 members across all aspects of the district. Everyone of the 13,000 messages submitted in a survey were brought to the task force for consideration.  The School Advisory Councils met and they provided input along the way which was also provided to the task force as well as input from the unions.    He gave his public and sincere appreciation to the team.  Cabinet members leading the task force were Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Leading and Learning; Ms. Jane Cline, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Leading and Learning and Chris Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.  Present at the meeting for questions was Patricia Seibert, Nursing Services Director, from the Brevard County Health Department.  

Dr. Soliven and Ms. Cline went over  the presentation of the draft reopening plan. Board members followed up with extensive discussion and multiple questions.  

Chairman Belford recessed the workshop at 10:38 a.m. and reconvened at 10:51 a.m.

A recess for lunch was called at 12:55 p.m. and reconvened at 1:26 p.m.

Chairman Belford recessed the workshop at 6:19 p.m. and resumed at 6:29 p.m.


Consensus on direction

1.  Move forward with evaluation of block scheduling

2.  Work on stronger plan for temperature checks providing for privacy and sensitivity

3.  Leave language as is regarding masks and continue discussion at Tuesday, July 14, Board meeting

4. Support current direction specified for volunteers and reevaluate as appropriate

5.  Leave language on swingset and reevaluate when to open.


  • Can we push back the beginning of school?
    • What implications would there be to pay?
  • What is the percentage of free and reduced students who signed up for distance learning?
  • Can reports be created/provided that outline what we are doing that is not working and what is working?
  • Can videos be created for various subject matters such as how to wear masks how to wash hands, how the virus is spread, etc?
    • Videos need to support different languages.
  • Implement a digital Chronic Health Form.
  • Rachel Winsten will develop adaptive best practices for PE.
  • Develop an illness indicator for employees.
  • Have the discipline team look into a policy for willful disobedience regarding mitigation strategies of COVID-19.
  • Need a timeline for a training video.
  • Dr. Thedy will investigate various caveats of employee leave related to COVID-19.
  • Call in to Joy Frank for active assailant drills and the possibility of making them virtual.
  • Dr. Thedy will follow up  with the Well Care in response to COVID-19.
Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks/Direction
6. Adjournment

Chairman Belford adjourned the meeting at: 8:15 p.m.

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