BREVARD COUNTY, FL – In response to a recent amendment to Florida state law, Brevard Public Schools have communicated a significant change in their naming protocol. The new requirement obligates schools to obtain parental permission before using any name other than a student’s legal name. While this update is highly relevant in the context of rising awareness around gender identities, it is crucial for parents and students to recognize that this policy also extends to traditional nicknames, such as “Bobby” instead of “Robert” or “Liz” instead of “Elizabeth”.
Through an email dispatched to parents and guardians, the district shared a copy of the necessary permission form for a student’s preferred name, including traditional nicknames, to be used in school settings. Those who might not have received or accessed the email can collect this form from the front office of any institution under the Brevard Public Schools umbrella or download it directly from www.brevardschools.org.
The inclusion of traditional nicknames in this new protocol underscores its broad scope. While many students and advocacy groups have championed the right for individuals to be recognized by names reflecting their chosen identities, it’s equally important to acknowledge the common practice of using colloquial or familiar names in daily life.
For families needing further clarity or support regarding this new measure, Brevard Public Schools encourages reaching out to their respective school’s counselor or social worker. These professionals stand ready to assist with inquiries and to facilitate the process, ensuring all students feel validated and supported in their naming preferences.