Brevard Public Schools uses extra make-up days to extend Thanksgiving break

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Some Brevard County parents are scrambling to find child care options after the school district cancelled two days of classes before Thanksgiving.

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To help accommodate those parents who have to work, the district is offering “Thanksgiving Break Camp” for a small fee.

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Brevard County Parks and Recreation already had plans for a day camp the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Now, camp will run Monday through Wednesday for a fee of $18 per day per child.

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Posted by Brevard Public Schools (official) on Saturday, November 13, 2021

“We really felt our staff needed this break and our students needed this break as well,” Brevard Public Schools Communications Officer Russ Bruhn said.

The school year began with a COVID surge, and was compounded by a nationwide labor shortage.

The one thing the district didn’t have to contend with was a hurricane, which meant days set aside for that purpose had gone unused.

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Last week, the district made the decision to use those days to extend its Thanksgiving break to a full week.

“Knowing that some families have to work, we worked with the Brevard County Parks and Rec. Department,” Bruhn said. “They were eager to open up day camps for that Monday and Tuesday.”

The school district sent out an alert to parents Monday with information about 10 Thanksgiving Break Camps being offered at county community centers Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.

The program is for students from kindergarten to sixth grade.

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