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May 21, 2021 Special School Board Meeting (Mask Policy)

Pursuant to School Board Policy 8420.02, the School Board REQUIRES ALL VISITORS TO WEAR A FACE COVERING OF THE NOSE AND MOUTH AT ALL TIMES while on school board property when attendees cannot maintain social distancing. This is inclusive of attendance at School Board meetings/workshops.  

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The School Board met in special session on Friday, May 21, 2021.  Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Wednesday, May 19, 2021. An affidavit of publication is  available in the Board Office.

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A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Chairman Misty Belford called the Special Meeting to order at; 11:02 a.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Members Present; Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Jennifer Jenkins, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

A. Moment of Silence
A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
A. Adoption of Agenda
4. Adoption of Agenda

There were no revisions to the agenda since it was released to the public on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Motion
Approve the May 21, 2021 Special School Board meeting agenda
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: JenniferD Jenkins
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
A. Ancillary Item
A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Board Office
5. Discussion - Mask Policy 2020-2021/Mask Policy 2021-2022

Mr. Susin made an immediate recommendation to end the mask mandate at the end of the 20-21 school year before summer school  Ms. Campbell seconded the motion.  Ms. McDougall stated that she wanted masks to be voluntary and that the mandate could be placed again in the event the number of cases rise.   Mr. Gibbs explained that public comment would need to take place prior to the Board taking any action.  

 

Ms. Campbell stated that she had asked that the special meeting be held to discuss the following:

  • Decision on masks for the 21-22 school year
  • Decision on masks for the summer program
  • Graduations and mask expectations
  • Clarification of outdoor mask expectations
E. Public Comment
6. Public Comment

Chairman Belford reminded speakers of the three minute time limit and of the decorum expected while speaking.

An email had been sent to Chairman Belford regarding comments from a speaker who is physically unable to be present at the meeting.  General Counsel Paul Gibbs read a statement provided by: Nicole Miles - Follow CDC guidance

Speakers in order of appearance:

  • Kenneth Ludwa - Masking - Keeping it mandatory until a students under 12 can be vaccinated.
  • Erin Davison - Unmasking kids
  • Elliot Davison - No masks 
  • Cheryl Wojcichowlskie - Keep masks
  • Julie Bywater - Masks at graduation
  • Maren Caldwell - Mask mandate - stop
  • Michelle Beavers - Masks
  • Joseph Cholewa - Masks
  • Tabithi Kriegh - Statistics and Hypoccrisy
  • Matthew Dawley - Mask Mandates
  • Michelle Barrineau - Keep the mask mandate
  • Heather Roberts - Mask Mandate
  • Nancy McDowell - did not speak
  • Megan Wright - Facemasks
  • Alexia Higgins - Face mask mandate
  • Megan Hinkle - Unmask the children
  • Carol Vyhonsky - End the mask mandate
  • Madeline Sumner - Masks
  • Kathryn Delaney - Mask Mandates
  • Crystal Coats - Make masks optional 
  • Monica Dossett - Removing mask mandate
  • Monica Dossett - Removing mask mandate
  • Jenna Sartorio - Did not speak
  • Grace Sumner - masks
  • Taylor Sumner - masks
  • Amber Cheney - Optional masks
  • Kenneth Edwards - Did not speak
  • Karen Colby - Mask Mandate
  • Ashley Hall - Mask Mandate
  • Janice Crisp - Mask Mandate 
F. Consent
Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Board Office
7. Mask Mandate

The first recommendation was amended to make masks optional after June 3, 2021.

Motion
Approve the recommendation to end the mask mandate at the end of the 2020-2021 school year on June 3, 2021, before summer school.
Vote Results ( Not Started )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Motion
Approve the recommended amendment to make masks optional after June 3, 2021.
Vote Results ( Approved )
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford - Aye
Katye Campbell - Aye
JenniferD Jenkins - Nay
Cheryl Mcdougall - Aye
Matthew Susin - Aye
H. Information
I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
L. Superintendent's Report
M. Student Discipline
N. Adjournment
8. Adjournment

Chairman Belford adjourned the meeting at 12:54 p.m.

For further information regarding this meeting, please visit the published video found at www.brevardschools.org

Chairman: _____________________________ Secretary: _____________________________

INSTITUTION:  ARTICLE IX - SECTION 1.  Public education. - The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may require.

ADDRESSING THE BOARD:
Individuals or groups may address comments to the School Board at any regular meeting by following established procedures.  The maximum allotted time for a presentation is three (3) minutes.  A speaker's time may not be allocated to others.  Individuals must complete a form located on a table near the east wall of the boardroom.  Thirty minutes will be set aside at the beginning of the meeting for public discussion on non-agenda items.  Up to thirty minutes of public discussion will be allowed for each agenda action item.

NOTE:  If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with regard to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purposes, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

NOTE:  Sensory and mobility impaired persons seeking assistance for participation in any meeting, conference, or seminar should contact Tina Snyder, Manager, Professional Standards, five days prior to the meeting date.  Ms. Snyder may be reached at 321-631-1000, ext. 11226 (voice) or snyder.tina@brevardschools.org (email).

NOTE:  This publication can be made available to persons with disabilities in a variety of formats, including large print, DVDs and Braille.  Telephone or written requests should include your name, address, and telephone number.  Requests should be made to School Board Office, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL  32940-6699, (321) 633-1000, ext. 11412 at least two (2) weeks prior to the time you need the publication.<br><br>
NOTE:  We respectfully request that ALL ELECTRONIC ITEMS AND CELL PHONES REMAIN OFF while the School Board is in session.

NOTE:  Brevard Public Schools Television (BPS-TV) will broadcast this meeting live on Spectrum cable channel 496.  BPS-TV will replay the meeting Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday at 12:30 p.m.,Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Board meetings are also available as streaming video on the district web page at www.brevardschools.org.   

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