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Good evening, VBCPS families— 

We hope you’re getting ready to fire up those grills and apply that sunscreen as the July Fourth holiday approaches. Before heading into the first full month of summer, we have a couple of updates and reminders. 

New Questionnaire for Families

Through Parent Portal, we have made available a questionnaire about how plans for your child’s return to school would be shaped based on the three scenarios as explained in last week’s message:
  • Scenario 1 — Daily, Face-to-Face Instruction
    Schools reopen as close to what we think of as normal, with some public health mitigation strategies in place. Parents/guardians may choose to not send their child to school but instead to have their child engage in remote learning only.
  • Scenario 2 — Alternating Days
    This scenario involves reopening schools with a more limited number of students attending face-to-face instruction with physical distancing and/or other public health mitigation strategies in place. Parents/guardians may choose to not send their child to school but instead have their child engage in remote learning only. Please note that due to the increased logistical considerations with the alternating day option, parents/guardians who wish to opt their child back in to face-to-face instruction may need to wait to transfer at the end of each marking period. 
  • Scenario 3 — Remote Learning Only
    This scenario involves schools being closed and all students engaging in remote learning. The structure and expectations will vary from the remote learning experience of the Emergency Learning Plan that was in place at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Student work will be graded, attendance will be taken, and the assignment submission requirements will also be greater.

These scenarios are explained more fully in the questionnaire. 

Please carefully consider each question before answering, as your response will be used to make plans for the fall with respect to schedules and transportation under the three scenarios. Later this summer, after a decision has been made about the scenario that will be in place for the fall, and health mitigation efforts are in place for that scenario, you will be asked to confirm the answers you submit on this questionnaire. Please note that a questionnaire will need to be filled out for each child you have in the division. 

Again, this questionnaire is available in Parent Portal. If you’ve not signed up for this service, please do so through our website, which includes step-by-step instructions. After logging into Parent Portal, select Start of School from the options on the left. The screen will change allowing you to click on the Fall Pre-Enrollment Questionnaire

You may also call our customer support center, (757) 263-1111, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you need help accessing Parent Portal. 

Please call your child’s school if you need assistance with completing the questionnaire. 

The questionnaire will close July 16.

Return-to-Participation Plan

Based on our return-to-participation (RTP) plan for Virginia High School League (VHSL) fall sports, our student athletes will be welcomed back to the fields and tracks as of Monday, July 6. Expect to hear from your child’s coach or student activities coordinator (SAC) about when conditioning will be scheduled. We will have more information soon about when non-VHSL or other extracurricular activities, such as band and club events, will safely resume.

For specific questions or information about the RTP plan, please contact your child’s school for guidance.

Summer Learning Boost

We know how hard it can be to keep the children engaged in their learning during the summer months. But we’ve got a great resource for you. Our new Summer Learning Boost website provides lessons and resources to children in grades pre-K through grade 5 who were enrolled in VBCPS during the 2019-2020 school year. All you need is your student’s login credentials via Clever.

For incoming students who were not enrolled in VBCPS during the 2019-2020 school year, you’ll find the website has an expansive list of resources and activities to engage in over the summer. In addition, all incoming kindergarteners can access Smarty Ants, an online literacy resource.

Access to School Buildings

Schools and administrative buildings remain closed to the public. However, to allow for essential functions to continue, all schools will now be open Monday through Thursday, by appointment only, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Should you have this need, please email your principal to arrange for an appointment. Social distancing of 6 feet will be followed during this process, and all adult visitors are required to wear face coverings. Please do not bring children or come to the school if you are ill.

Please have a safe Fourth of July and thank you for your support of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.