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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.

Religion in the Curriculum 6-9

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-9


Religion in the Curriculum

  1. Generally

    This Policy recognizes the pluralism of religious beliefs of citizens and the significance of religion in Virginia's history. It assumes the freedom of the individual to exercise this freedom, and not to be coerced by the state into believing any set of religious doctrine or coerced into abandoning any set of religious beliefs.

  2. Objective Teaching About Religion

    Teaching about religion, not instruction in religion, may take place as a separate course, in an appropriate part of another course, or in an enrichment program. Teachers should be adequately prepared to teach about religion. Separate courses about religion are deemed appropriate as electives in the secondary curriculum. Any new course offering must be approved by the School Board.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-202.1, as amended. Comparative religion as elective course.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-203, as amended. Daily observance of one minute of silence.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-203.1, as amended. Student initiated prayer.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-203.2, as amended. Guidelines for constitutional compliance for student prayer.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-203.4, as amended. Public high schools: Virginia voter registration.

Adopted by School Board: August 21, 1984
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006
Amended by School Board: December 7, 2021