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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.

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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
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School Day and School Hours

The standard school year shall be at least 180 instructional days. The standard school day for students in grades 1 through 12 shall average at least 5 1/2 hours, excluding intermissions for meals.

The School Division may develop alternative schedules for meeting these requirements as long as a minimum of 990 hours of instructional time is provided for grades 1 through 12. Such alternative plans must be approved by the School Board and by the Virginia Board of Education, under guidelines established by the Virginia Board of Education. No alternative plan which reduces the instructional time in the core academics shall be approved.

The length of the school day for students shall be determined by the School Board on recommendation of the Superintendent and shall take into consideration, but not be limited to, the ages of the students, the distances to and from school, bus scheduling, safety hazards and time needed to accomplish educational objectives. The Superintendent shall yearly set forth the actual hours of attendance for each elementary, middle, and high school in the School Division. The Superintendent is authorized to make determinations regarding adjustment of school hours and the opening or closing of school when inclement weather or conditions exist that would prohibit safely conducting school.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-98, as amended. Reduction of state aid when length of school term below 180 days or 990 hours.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-79.1, as amended. Opening of the school year; approvals for certain schedules.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, § 8 VAC 20-131-10 et seq.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-200.2, as amended. Minimum instructional time; optional unstructured recreational time.

Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 6, 1998
Amended by School Board: November 9, 2022