BPS tightens COVID-19 precautions, suspends homecoming dance

Because of the increase in COVID-19 cases and quarantines, Brevard Public Schools announced Aug. 19 that homecoming dances and large field trips would be suspended.

In addition, the district said attendance at other events would be limited.

According to a district news release, traditional homecoming dances will be suspended indefinitely. However, schools will be allowed to conduct alternative activities, and Homecoming Court elections and spirit weeks can proceed.

“The leadership team at the district level has made this difficult decision, based on the increase in COVID cases in our community and our schools,” the news release said.

Large group field trips (such as trips including an entire school or grade level) have been suspended through at least Sept. 30, although travel for athletic events will be permitted with the “proper approvals.”

Spectators for indoor sporting events will be limited to 50 percent capacity, and auditoriums will be limited to 50 percent capacity with “maximum social distancing protocols.”

“As we have seen, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create an environment where change happens rapidly,” the news release said. “ Our core focus is educational continuity and keeping our students and staff in our schools.”

Here is the breakdown of the new changes:

  • Field trips: In-county, large group (grade-level, school-wide) field trips are suspended at least through Sept. 30.  In-county or out-of-county travel for athletic events is permitted with the proper approvals in place.
  • Homecoming: A traditional Homecoming dance with DJ and dancing is suspended.  Administrators will work with teacher leaders and/or sponsors to develop safe alternatives.  Spirit weeks, homecoming court elections and other events still might be conducted.
  • Indoor sporting events: Spectator capacity is limited to 50 percent. 
  • Auditorium use for performances, class meetings and other events: Auditorium usage is limited to no more than 50 percent with maximum social distancing protocols in place.

For a list of other mitigation strategies in place in BPS, along with other helpful information, visit brevardschools.org/COVID-19.