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2024-25 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 14 meeting. For the 2024-25 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $21.1 million in formula grant funds through programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Closures and Limited Operations 4-87.2

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-87.2


Closures and Limited Operations

  1. Purpose

    The School Division shall strive to remain open and operational within regularly scheduled hours. However, based on anticipated or actual conditions, the operation and staffing of the School Division may be modified by the Superintendent when necessary.

  2. Closed Status

    Closed status means the School Division suspends regular operations or provides limited services necessary for the short-term operation of the School Division because of conditions (e.g., hurricanes, heavy snowfall, extensive flooding, severe ice). This status may be instituted for:

    1. all or portions of the day;
    2. all or specific personnel (e.g., non-12 month employees);
    3. Division wide or site-specific; and/or
    4. A weekend day, if applicable.
  3. Procedures
    1. The Superintendent, or designee, based upon anticipated or actual conditions, shall determine when the operating status of the School Division should be changed. A determination to change the operating status of the School Division will be distributed through the appropriate channels of communication.
    2. The Superintendent, or designee, may direct any employee to report for assignment during a closed status.
  4. Shelter Operations

    When the opening of a shelter is deemed necessary by the City, or other authorized agency, the following staff members may be required to be on site:

    1. Principal or designated administrator (exempt status);
    2. Cafeteria Manager or other employee designated by Food Services (exempt);
    3. One cafeteria staff member (non-exempt);
    4. Two (2) custodians (non-exempt); and
    5. Other staff members as determined by the Superintendent or designee.
  5. Employee Responsibilities
    1. All employees shall be responsible to report to their assignment consistent with this Regulation. The failure of an employee to report as designated may result in disciplinary action.
    2. Employees must complete the appropriate documentation to account for hours worked during closures or shelter openings.
  6. Compensation

    When all schools and administrative offices are closed to all employees, employees may be directed to report to the regular worksite, an alternate worksite designated by a department head (or designee), or a shelter site. In these cases, they may be eligible for compensation as follows:

    1. Non-exempt employees required to work on any day in which the School Division is closed, including in City shelters, shall be compensated at the rate of one and a half times their normal hourly rate for each hour actually worked.
    2. Exempt employees (excluding Chief Officers or Senior Executive Directors) required to work on any day in which the School Division is closed, including in City shelters, will be eligible to receive compensation at their hourly rate of pay for each hour actually worked.

School Board Regulation 4-87.1
School Board Policy 6-15
School Board Regulation 6-15.1

Approved by Superintendent: October 25, 2000
Revised by Superintendent: March 8, 2006
Revised by Superintendent: November 1, 2018
Revised by Superintendent: June 30, 2023
Revised by Superintendent: November 13, 2023