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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.

Instructional Time - Importance and Impact Review 6-18

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-18


Instructional Time - Importance and Impact Review

  1. Generally

    The School Board recognizes that in the education of children, quality teaching and high levels of student achievement are interdependent, and both require and have an impact on time. Therefore, it is imperative that time during the teachers’ workday be utilized to the maximum benefit of students.

  2. Definition

    For the purpose of this Policy, “instructional time” is defined as the time spent in direct instruction, assessment, and evaluation of students. It also includes the time teachers spend in planning, preparing, collaborating, conferencing, and receiving training for the purpose of instructing students.

  3. Time Impact Review

    To minimize intrusions on instructional time, an impact review is required for division wide initiatives or programs that are of such scope that they impact and/or significantly alter the utilization of instructional time and, thus, impact teachers’ delivery of services. The Superintendent or designee will ensure that initiatives proposed by or being considered by the School Board are reviewed and analyzed to determine the potential impact on instructional time. The School Board will be provided with the results of that review and analysis and should not take action in the absence of that impact review. School Administration and/or external organizations (such as city government, higher education, business partners, etc.) planning or requesting the implementation of new programs and initiatives, will also be subject to a time impact review; and if they do not require School Board approval, will be approved, or denied by the Superintendent or his designee.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-291.1, as amended. Planning time for school teachers.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations 8VAC20-131-5, as amended. Definitions.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations 8VAC20-131-240, as amended. Administrative and support staff; staffing requirements.

Adopted by the School Board: April 22, 2008
Amended by School Board: July 12, 2022