Overview of the changes to expect for the 2012-13 school year
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD - Summer break is nearing an end, which means students everywhere are gearing up to head back to the classroom.
Here is a list of some of this year's changes, as reported by Brevard Public Schools, to keep you in the know for the upcoming school year.
. Registration changes
For the 2012-13 school year, Brevard Public Schools parents and students must provide two proofs of residence at each school's registration to verify the home address is actually where the student is residing.
Acceptable proofs of residency include current Homestead exemption cards, purchase contracts that display closing dates within 90 days of the start-of-school-date, warranty deeds, lease and rental agreements, recent utility statements with a date not exceeding 45 days prior to the date of school registration and driver's licenses.
Families that are sharing housing must complete a Shared Tenancy Affidavit in order for the student to register.
Students who are temporarily residing with another family must fill out or update their In Loco Parentis form to reflect a maximum of 30 days.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, ext. 796, or contact each school directly.
. Riverview Elementary School becomes Riverview School in Titusville
Riverview Elementary School in Titusville is now Riverview School, exclusively a pre-kindergarten center run by the federally funded early childhood program, Head Start.
The school will offer two classes for 3-year-olds and two classes for 4-year-olds. Overall, more than 70 students will be enrolled at the school, said Teresa Wright, director of early childhood and Title I programs for Brevard Public Schools.
Riverview Elementary School closed because enrollment was declining, allowing for an opportunity to help another market, she said.
"The (Brevard County) School Board saw Riverview as an opportunity to benefit the children in that neighborhood," she said. "We knew there was a need in that community, and so we're using that space to fulfill that need."
. Healthy food enforcements
Brevard Public Schools' division of Food and Nutrition Services has designed a variety of changes to implement healthier diets for local students.
Lunches are comprised of five components, including fruit, vegetable, grain, meat or a meat alternative, and low-fat or fat-free milk, and this year, students are required to take three of them, and one must be a fruit or vegetable.
"The new meal pattern gives students even more choices then they had before to choose what they want," said Lori Nelson, dietitian specialist for Brevard Public Schools. "USDA requiring students to take a fruit or a vegetable with their meal stresses the importance of having these items on your plate daily for a healthy body."
Additionally, there are now minimum and maximum requirements for calories, grains, meat and meat alternatives, fruits and vegetables, both daily and weekly.
Some of the other changes include adding 100 percent fruit juice and vegetarian entrées to the menus, implementing more whole grains in recipes and requiring students to eat certain vegetables, Ms. Nelson said.
Brevard Public Schools also announced its plan to continue providing healthy no-cost breakfasts to all students as a part of the National School Breakfast Program. Last year, Brevard County Food and Nutrition Services served over 3.6 million breakfasts at no cost to Brevard County students.