BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Thanksgiving week has arrived and starting Monday the kids don’t go to public school, not just for a few days, but for the whole week.
You do not know what to do ? How to entertain them? Where to take them while you go to work? Well, you’re not alone, and there are options: Businesses and government organizations have stepped up to fill the gaps, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.
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Many school districts in Florida and across the country have extended their Thanksgiving vacation to a full week, citing the shortage of substitute teachers and staff exhaustion as the reason for the shutdown. Brevard Public School joined the fray on November 10, announcing that Space Coast public schools would also be closed all Thanksgiving week.
School board members, staff and teachers immediately hailed the extra days off as a well-deserved break for students and staff. But some parents feared that this late decision would make it difficult for them to find daycare. Do not be afraid.
Before asking council to approve an extended Thanksgiving week, the district contacted the community to ensure childcare options were available,
Superintendent Mark Mullins said at the Nov. 10 board meeting that Brevard County Parks and Recreation had expanded a planned fall camp to allow Brevard parents to drop off their children on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in county locations.
As of Friday afternoon, the Parks and Recreation website had dozens of slots still available. They offered discounts to families who might not be able to afford the fees.
Parks and Recreation camps cost $ 18.22 per day and $ 54.66 for the week, according to the Parks and Recreation website, and run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6. .
Mullins said he spoke to local religious leaders who said local faith-based organizations may also be able to help families in need access child care. And private companies have also answered the call, offering additional options for Brevard children.
For example, Let’s Roll Space Coast, a roller skating rink in Titusville, offers a Thanksgiving vacation camp Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Children 6 years and older can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. and can stay until 6 p.m.
No parent had registered as of Friday afternoon, principal Paula Hiott said, but some parents are simply dropping off their children the same day. Let’s Roll regularly offers camps during school holidays and during the summer.
Hiott said she would be working Thanksgiving week because as a cafeteria worker at Space Coast Jr./Sr. In high school, his days off coincide with school holidays.
“I take time off on my days off from school,” Hiott said. “So I was able to be there for the opening of the week for parents who had no other choice.”
Children who come to the camp will receive a lunch, a drink and a snack for $ 35 per day or $ 135 for the week. Sibling discounts are available.
“I can bring my kids to work,” Hiott said. “They skate with me… as a working mom myself, I fully understand that the short notice to have days off is definitely a struggle.”