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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.

Hazing/Assault and Battery or Fighting/Profane, Obscene or Abusive Language or Conduct/Bullying 5-36.3

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 5-36.3


Hazing/Assault and Battery or Fighting/Profane, Obscene or Abusive Language or Conduct/Bullying

The following conduct is prohibited and students violating this Regulation will be disciplined as set forth in the Code of Student Conduct or other applicable laws, policies or regulations.

  1. Hazing

    Students who haze or otherwise mistreat another student so as to cause bodily injury shall immediately be suspended from school under the provisions set forth in Policy 5-21 and Regulations 5-21.1 and 5-21.3.

  2. Assault and Battery or Fighting

    Assault and battery or fighting is prohibited. Violators may also be subject to prosecution as provided by state law.

    Any student grabbing, striking, hitting, kicking, or otherwise physically abusing a teacher or any other school personnel shall immediately be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct and the Discipline Guidelines and recommended for appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Criminal action may be taken against such student.

  3. Profane or Abusive Language or Conduct

    Students who use language, a gesture, or engage in conduct that is vulgar, profane, obscene, or abusive, or which substantially and materially disrupts the educational or work environment shall automatically receive a discipline referral to the principal or assistant principal for appropriate disciplinary action including suspension and/or a recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.

  4. Bullying

    Bullying, including the bullying through electronic means, is prohibited.

    1. >Bullying is defined as: any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.
    2. “Bullying” includes cyber bullying. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict. Bullying may include, but is not limited to, verbal or written threats, or physical harm.
    3. Cyberbullying is defined as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”
    4. Bullying will not be tolerated and students shall be referred to the principal or designee for appropriate The principal or designee must notify the parent/legal guardian of a minor student involved in an alleged incident of bullying within twenty-four (24) hours of the allegation of bullying. Within five school days of receiving a complaint of alleged bullying, parents/legal guardians of minor students or the adult student alleged to be involved with the complaint, will be notified of the status of any investigation regarding the complaint.
    5. The principal or designee will respond to the adult student(s) or the parent/legal guardian of a minor student(s) who are the alleged aggressors and victims stating: a) the results of the investigation; b) if the allegations were substantiate and there was a violation of policy; and c) the process for any party to challenge the findings.
    6. Bullying incidents involving students with disabilities or that involve Title IX consideration may require the School Division to follow additional laws, policies, regulations or procedures.

    Code of Virginia §18.2-56, as amended. Hazing unlawful; civil and criminal liability; duty of school, etc., officials.

    Code of Virginia §18.2-57, as amended. Assault and battery.

    Code of Virginia §22.1-276.01, as amended. Definitions.

    Code of Virginia §22.1-279.8, as amended. School safety audits and school crisis and emergency management plans required.

    Code of Virginia §22.1-279.6, as amended. Board of Education guidelines and model policies for codes of student conduct; school board regulations.

    Code of Virginia §22.1-291.4, as amended. Bullying prohibited.

    School Board Policy 5-21
    School Board Regulation 5-21.1
    School Board Regulation 5-21.3

    Approved by Superintendent: September 21, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
    Adopted by School Board: May 19, 1998
    Amended by School Board: August 2, 2000
    Amended by School Board: April 4, 2006
    Amended by Superintendent: September 5, 2017
    Amended by School Board: May 14, 2018
    Amended by School Board: November 27, 2018
    Revised by Superintendent: August 31, 2023