News Conferences

  • Broward County School Board Approves Broward Teachers Union Contract Agreements for Teachers and Education Support Professionals

    Broward County School Board Approves Broward Teachers Union Contract Agreements for Teachers and Education Support Professionals

    On Friday, January 21, 2022, the Broward County School Board unanimously approved contract agreements reached with the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) in December, which provide salary increases to the Education Professionals (EP) and Educational Support Professionals (ESP) bargaining units for the 2021/22 school year.

    During the negotiations, held on December 16, 2021, the following terms were reached on behalf of BTU Educational Professionals:

    • $2,000 one-time stipend for all active EP unit members
    • Salary increases of 1.33% for Highly Effective teachers on the Pay for Performance salary schedule, 1.07% salary increase for teachers on the grandfathered salary schedule, and 1% for Effective teachers on the Pay for Performance salary schedule
    • $1,000 bonus for instructional personnel who did not qualify for the $1,000 Disaster Relief Bonus provided by the state
    • $500 supplement for multilingual itinerant support staff whose workload has substantially increased above their normal caseload due to providing services to students and families who would normally be serviced by a monolingual staff member

    On Friday, December 17, 2021, the following terms were reached on behalf of BTU Educational Support Professionals:

    • $1,500 one-time stipend for all active ESP members
    • Increase of salary schedule for Classroom Assistants, including raising minimum hourly rate from $11.51 to $13
    • Increase of salary schedule for Teacher Assistants, including raising minimum hourly rate from $13.27 to $15

    With the School Board’s approval, District staff will work to provide the agreed upon salary increases and stipends
    as soon as possible.

     

    Watch the news conference regarding the Broward Teachers Union Contract Agreement

     



  • December 17, 2021 | Teachers to Receive $2,000 One-Time Stipend and 1% to 1.33% Salary Increase in Tentative Contract Agreement Between BCPS and Broward Teachers Union

    Broward County School Board Approves Face Coverings as Optional, but Strongly Encouraged for All Grade Levels

    Teachers to Receive $2,000 One-Time Stipend and 1% to 1.33% Salary Increase in Tentative Contract Agreement Between BCPS and Broward Teachers Union

    *Updated on Friday, December 17* 

    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) are pleased to announce a tentative contract agreement for the District’s Education Professionals (EP) and Educational Support Professionals (ESP) bargaining units for the 2021/22 school year. 

    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) are pleased to announce a tentative contract agreement for the District’s Education Professionals (EP) and Educational Support Professionals (ESP) bargaining units for the 2021/22 school year. 

    During the negotiations held on Thursday, December 16, the following terms were reached on behalf of BTU Educational Professionals: 

    • $2,000 one-time stipend for all EP unit members 
    • Salary increases of 1.33% for Highly Effective teachers on the Pay for Performance salary schedule, 1.07% salary increase for teachers on the grandfathered salary schedule, and 1% for Effective teachers on the Pay for Performance salary schedule 
    • $1,000 bonus for instructional personnel who did not qualify for the $1,000 Disaster Relief Bonus provided by the state 
    • $500 supplement for multilingual itinerant support staff whose workload has substantially increased above their normal caseload due to providing services to students and families who would normally be serviced by a monolingual staff member  

    On Friday, December 17, the following terms were reached on behalf of BTU Educational Support Professionals: 

    • $1,500 one-time stipend for all ESP members 
    • Increase of minimum hourly wage for Classroom Assistants from $11.51 to $13  
    • Increase of minimum hourly rate for Teacher Assistants from $13.27 to $15  

    Upon successful ratifications by the bargaining units and School Board approval, the District will work to provide the agreed upon salary increases and stipends as soon as possible. 

    Watch the news conference held on Friday, December 17, announcing the tentative contract agreements. https://www.eduvision.tv/l?eAtyOgL

  • November 9, 2021 | Broward County School Board Approves Face Coverings as Optional, but Strongly Encouraged for All Grade Levels

    Broward County School Board Approves Face Coverings as Optional, but Strongly Encouraged for All Grade Levels

     

    Broward County School Board Approves Face Coverings as Optional, but Strongly Encouraged for All Grade Levels

    The safety of students and staff are the highest priorities of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). District staff remain vigilant in monitoring local COVID-19 data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and local public health experts to inform the District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

    Based on the continued improvement of local COVID-19 conditions across Broward County, on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, The School Board of Broward County, Florida approved amending its Face Covering Policy to include the use of face coverings as optional, but strongly encouraged for students, staff, visitors and vendors at all schools and District sites effective Saturday, November 20. A formal opt out process will not be utilized.

    The District will also follow the Florida Department of Health guidelines for quarantining.

    This action follows a previous School Board decision on October 26, 2021, allowing face coverings at high schools and technical colleges to be strongly encouraged.

    The approved amendments to the Face Covering Policy will go into effect on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

    Following the School Board’s decision, School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood and BCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright discussed the changes during a media briefing.

     

    Watch the video of the news briefing through this link https://www.eduvision.tv/l?eAALyeO

  • October 26, 2021| The School Board of Broward County, Florida revisited its Face Covering Policy and approved the following starting Monday, November 1.

    Mask Update

    The safety of students and staff are the highest priorities of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). The District remains vigilant in monitoring local COVID-19 data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and local public health experts to inform the District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

    Based on changes in local COVID-19 conditions, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, The School Board of Broward County, Florida revisited its Face Covering Policy and approved the following starting Monday, November 1.

    • High schools and technical colleges: The use of face coverings will be strongly encouraged for students, staff, visitors and vendors. A formal opt out process is not required.
    • Elementary schools, middle schools, K-6 schools and/or centers, pre-K–8 schools and/or centers, and pre-K–12 schools and/or centers: The current Face Covering Policy requirements mandating masks for students, staff, visitors and vendors remains in effect – unless students have a medical exception per the current Face Covering Policy.
    • Pre-K programs located on high school/alternative high school campuses: Facial coverings are required for students and staff participating in the program – unless students have a medical exception based on the current Face Covering Policy.
    • District sites (employees who are not school-based): Facial coverings are strongly encouraged. When any District employee visits a school and/or center, the individual must follow the facial covering requirements of that campus.

    In addition, the School Board approved maintaining its current COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

  • BCPS Launches Alyssa’s Alert in Partnership with SaferWatch and Motorola

    Alyssa's Alert

    News Conference – Tuesday, October 5, at noon

    As part of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) commitment to create a safer and more secure learning environment for all students, staff and visitors, the District has launched Alyssa’s Alert - a mobile duress alert app - in partnership with SaferWatch and Motorola.

    This new mobile app meets the criteria for compliance with Alyssa’s Law (SB 70), signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 30, 2020, which requires every school in Florida to implement a mobile duress alert system connected to a public safety answering point (PSAP) and first responders. The law is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 victims of the February 14, 2018, tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    Alyssa’s Law does not suggest users replace 911 as the main way to report emergencies.  Alyssa’s Alert is an augmented tool for reporting information, allowing District employees to instantly report emergencies to all relevant administrators, security staff and local public safety emergency operation centers. The alerts include detailed information, such as user profile, location coordinates and supporting videos, pictures or audio recordings to provide 911 operators with real-time intelligence for a unified operational view of events to share with first responders en route to a school.

    The District will hold a news conference in commemoration of the launch at noon on Tuesday, October 5, at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building - Board Room, located at 600 S.E. Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The event will also be live streamed at  www.becon.tv/newsconference. Facial coverings are required for all media in attendance.

    In the spring of 2021, the Florida Department of Education announced 10 state-approved vendors for Districts to partner with in implementing a mobile duress alert system. The BCPS Division of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness convened a team of internal and external partners, including local law enforcement, the District Security Operations Center, Broward County dispatch centers, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Real Time Crime Center and Broward County Emergency Management and Communications to evaluate, select, develop and implement the best solution for the District.

    Based on feedback from this group, BCPS selected the SaferWatch/Motorola platform and began the development process. The District tested the platform with all three 911 dispatch centers over the summer to ensure full functionality for the start of the school year.

    The app is available to all District staff, employees and teachers. Training has been provided for all school-based employees for the 2021/22 school year. Additionally, BCPS has provided training to Broward Sheriff’s Office School Resources Officers, guardians and school security staff on how to implement the application and respond to incidents.

    For more information on the BCPS Division of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness, visit browardschools.com/safetyandsecurity.

  • Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright News Conference regarding request to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for Federal Stimulus Funding for School Districts.

    News Conference  September 10. 2021_video

    Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright News Conference regarding request to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for Federal Stimulus Funding for School Districts.

    View the Interim Superintendent News Conference.

  • Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent’s First Day of School News Conference Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 4 p.m.

    Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent’s   First Day of School News Conference  Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at

    Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent’s First Day of School News Conference 
    Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 4 p.m. 

    Click here to view Interim Superintendent’s First Day of School News Conference.

  • BCPS Observes a Day of Service & Love In Remembrance of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tragedy

    Superintendent Runcie held a news conference on Friday, October 9.

    BCPS Observes a Day of Service & Love In Remembrance of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tragedy

    During the week of February 8 – 14, BCPS students and staff honored the 14 students and 3 staff members who were lost and those injured during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy on February 14, 2018.

    Watch a Day of Service & Love In Remembrance Video.

  • News Conference to Provide Update for Balancing Operational Priorities for Second Semester

    Superintendent Runcie held a news conference on Friday, October 9.

    News Conference to Provide Update for Balancing Operational Priorities for Second Semester

    On Friday, January 8, 2021 Superintendent Runcie discussed how the District will balance concern for teachers’ health conditions, students who are struggling academically and emotionally, and the effectiveness in limiting the transmission of coronavirus in our schools. View Superintendent's News Conference.

  • Superintendent Runcie held a news conference on Friday, October 9

    Superintendent Runcie held a news conference on Friday, October 9.

    Superintendent Robert Runcie holds a News Conference

    Superintendent Runcie held a news conference on Friday, October 9, following the first day of face-to-face instruction on school campuses.

  • Superintendent Robert Runcie holds a Press Conference after Emergency Board Meeting

    Superintendent Robert W. Runcie holds a news conference after Board meeting

    Superintendent Robert Runcie holds a Press Conference after Emergency Board Meeting

    The School Board of Broward County unanimously approved a return to face-to-face learning, which will be staggered by grade levels beginning on Friday, October 9. For the latest update, watch the press conference from October 1. 

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