Brevard Public Schools announced on Friday that school will remain closed to students for an additional week following Spring Break, at the direction of the State of Florida.
Students will not return to school before Monday, March 30, 2020.
Effective March 16, extracurricular activities including sports have been canceled until at least March 30.
No external groups such as clubs or churches will use facilities during that time.
The school district said that it will use the additional week to deep-clean all facilities and strengthen plans for continuing instruction remotely in case of extended campus closures due to COVID-19.
The district is reviewing employment contracts and determining which employees will be essential to work the week of March 23.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended Thursday night that Florida schools extend Spring Break to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Florida has had several COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposures related to ports of entry, including shipping ports and airports. Additionally, Florida is a large tourism hub and has an older age population. However, at this time there is not widespread transmission,” the CDC noted in its guidance issued for the State of Florida.
“Due to the current level of COVID-19 transmission in the United States, and Florida’s large older adult population, CDC recommends certain community mitigation activities to help slow the spread of COVID-19 into the community and to protect vulnerable members of the community.”
The major interventions that the CDC recommended for Florida are canceling large gatherings of 250 or more people, including theme parks; and to extend Spring Breaks for schools.
All of the CDC’s recommendations for Florida can be found here.