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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).

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.

ESSER

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds

As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, Virginia Beach City Public Schools will receive $82,502,193.98 through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III fund. VBCPS must reserve at least 20% of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. The grant award period is March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2024.

School Board Workshop ESSER Update Sept. 13, 2022

ARP Act ESSER III Plan

The ARP Act ESSER III plan describes how the awarded funds will be used. Please note that this is a preliminary plan of action and is subject to change depending on varying needs across the district and updated guidance from the Virginia Department of Education. Questions about this plan should be directed to the Office of Budget Development at PandemicRelief@vbschools.com.

 

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Opportunity for Public Comment

VBCPS sought input from stakeholders in the development of spending priorities in the following areas as it relates to the impacts of COVID-19 on schools:

  • Learning Loss
  • Prevention and Mitigation Strategies for Safe School Operation
  • Academic, Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Other areas necessary to address the impacts of COVID-19 and recovery efforts

Stakeholders were invited to participate in a brief survey to provide input on how these funds should be allocated to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and well-being. Input was also collected from public comment at advertised school board meetings and individual communications received at the school and division planning level. 

Periodic Review and Revision of Plan

During the period of the ARP ESSER award (until September 2024), Virginia Beach City Public Schools will periodically review and, as needed, revise its plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. The plan will be reviewed at least every six months, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools will seek and take into account public input during the review process. Plan revisions will address updated CDC guidance on safely reopening schools, if any are issued.

Making the Plan Available to the Public

Virginia Beach City Public Schools have taken the following steps to make this Return to School Safely information is available to the public:

  • The Return to School Safely information is posted at vbschools.com.
  • The Return to School Safely information is available in multiple languages using Google translation language options in the tool bar above.
  • The Return to School Safely information may be orally translated for families through the use of our translation service, Voiance Language Services, and in Spanish through our Family and Community Engagement office. For translation of this plan, please contact 757-263-1821.
  • Upon request, a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA may be provided a hard copy of this information for review at the School Administration Building.
*Last updated June 1, 2023 and last reviewed on June 1, 2023.