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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.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

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Updated: 7/1/2023

Program Disclosures

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution's affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to admissions, hiring, retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values. ☐ Yes
☑ No
If yes, provide website link (or content from brochure) where this specific information is presented?

Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Applicants interested in the VBCPS Doctoral Internship Program must come from APA-accredited doctoral program in School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Combined Psychology Programs. Applicants must have completed all required coursework, comprehensive exams, and be in good academic standing - verification letter of readiness for internship from the Director of Clinical Training is also required. Applicants should also submit high quality written communication and strong letters of reference, in addition to demonstrating overall compatibility of prior experience and training with the program.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours ☐ No ☑ Yes Amount: 50 hours*
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours ☐ No ☑ Yes Amount: 100 hours
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

5 integrated psychological reports

*50 Direct Contact Intervention Hours must come from individual therapy, group counseling, and/or school counseling interventions working with adolescents, children, and/or preschool-aged children.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $32,000
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? ☑ Yes ☐ No
If access to medical insurance is provided
Trainee contribution to cost required? ☑ Yes ☐ No
Coverage of family member(s) available? ☑ Yes ☐ No
Coverage of legally married partner available? ☑ Yes ☐ No
Coverage of domestic partner available? ☑ Yes ☐ No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) N/A
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave N/A

Per VBCPS School Board Policy, Leave Time is offered to salaried employees, not individuals receiving a stipend such as doctoral interns. However, accommodations are made within the Internship Program for individuals needing to take leave, such as when sick.
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? ☑ Yes ☐ No
Other Benefits (please describe):

Paid Holidays per School District Employee Calendar. For the 2023-2024 training year, these include: Independence Day, Labor Day, Election Day (November 7), Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving (and following Friday), Winter Holiday (December 25-26), New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Spring Holiday (April 1-2), Memorial Day, and Juneteenth.

* Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts) 2019-2022
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 15
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
  PD EP
Academic teaching PD=0 EP=0
Community mental health center PD=3 EP=0
Consortium PD=0 EP=0
University counseling center PD=0 EP=0
Hospital/Medical center PD=3 EP=0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System PD=0 EP=0
Psychiatric facility PD=0 EP=0
Correctional facility PD=0 EP=0
Health maintenance organization PD=0 EP=0
School district/system PD=0 EP=6
Independent practice setting PD=1 EP=2
Other PD=0 EP=0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.