Masking becomes voluntary for Brevard schools after end of school year

Wearing face masks will become voluntary after the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


The Brevard County School Board voted in favor of making face masks voluntary after the end of this school year. The decision includes any school activities after June 3, such as summer

school sessions.

The decision was made Friday, May 21 at a special board meeting.

The school board will continue to follow the current recommendations of both the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep masking policies in place for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, which ends June 3.

All graduation ceremonies, such as the one held at Viera High School on May 28, followed current masking policies as they were part of the current school year.

The district will continue with safety protocols — including enhanced cleaning measures and other risk mitigation strategies — after June 3.

“Since March 2020, the school board and the superintendent have followed science to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” said Russell Bruhn, the chief Strategic Communications Officer for Brevard Public Schools. “The board, Dr. Mark Mullins and school leaders will continue to work tirelessly to keep our learning environment safe for everyone who enters our schools.”

VHS Principal Sarah Robinson said the school will follow the district’s policy during summer school, special programs and camps.

VHS is one of several county public high schools that is holding a driver’s education program. The program begins June 7.

Parents who would feel more comfortable with a flexible, virtual option for their children’s education are encouraged to research Brevard Virtual School. BVS offers enhanced resources and works with families to identify children’s learning needs and helps customize a schedule and coursework to help each student reach their full potential. Brevard Virtual School is enrolling now through July 16.