Families Letter

Good evening, VBCPS families and staff-

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Thanks to the hard work of our amazing teachers and leaders, our support staff, and of course our community, we’ve successfully welcomed more than 25,000 eager learners to face-to-face instruction in the last three weeks. While we have implemented everything in our plan to protect our students and staff and to keep any virus transmission low, we did anticipate that COVID-19 might impact our schools just as it is affecting our community, and we are seeing some cases in our buildings. We’d like to take this opportunity to explain how we handle them when they arise.

When a COVID-19 case has been reported to the school division and confirmed by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH):

  • A contact tracing investigation will be completed in collaboration between the school division’s Health Services Office, school administrator, the Transportation Office (if applicable), and the VBDPH investigation team.
  • Those individuals identified by the VBDPH as COVID-19 close exposure contacts will be called by the investigating nurse and required to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure.
    • Per the CDC, a close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes during an interaction starting from two days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days before their testing date.
    • Before returning to work or school, any employee or student who is diagnosed or tests positive for COVID-19 must complete the CDC isolation guidance, be well, and provide a medical clearance from a healthcare provider to return to work or school.
    • Accommodations for continued learning will be addressed through the student’s school principal and teacher(s).

Close contacts will be informed by the VBCPS health services department or by the Virginia Beach Department of Health. Close contacts will hear directly from the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) or VBCPS health services. If you were not contacted by the health department or VBCPS health services, you are not considered to be a close contact and there is a low-to-no risk of transmission.

All other individuals (e.g., visitors, staff or parents/guardians of students) on a bus or in the school (or other VBCPS building) who are identified as low-risk exposure contacts will receive a general notification letter from VBCPS via the AlertNow notification system. This is a good time to contact your child’s school to check or update your contact information in AlertNow.

We have developed a dashboard on our website where you can review this information and monitor community spread based on where and when we have confirmed cases.

Technology access issues and updates
Although we’d like it to work flawlessly, sometimes technology does let us down and there are system access issues that may occur. We appreciate your patience and understanding when that happens, and please know that a team of dedicated Department of Technology staff are working tirelessly behind the scenes to minimize these interruptions and to correct them when they occur. When access to Schoology or other digital instructional resources is affected, notifications and status updates are provided through ClassLink, at our VBCPS Department of Technology website, and on Twitter by following @VBCPSDOT.

Work for VBCPS
We Are Hiring

We have positions available for teachers, nurses, custodians, bus drivers, substitutes of all types as well as other positions. Apply now!

November holidays
A reminder that the following holidays affect school schedules:

Nov. 3 –
With Election Day now declared a state holiday, all school and administrative buildings will be closed for school division business and there will be no in-person or virtual learning. Monday, Nov. 2, will continue to serve as a day of asynchronous learning time for students and as professional learning time with office hours for teachers. Classes for both Option 1 and Option 2 students will resume Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Nov. 10-11 –
In observance of Veterans Day, all schools and administrative offices will operate on an adjusted dismissal Tuesday, Nov. 10, and will be closed Wednesday, Nov.11.

Nov. 25-27 – In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all schools and administrative offices will operate on an adjusted dismissal Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26, and 27.

Save the date: Learn about our academies
Families of eighth grade students are invited to learn about our academy programs within the division during two nights of webinars, Nov. 4 and 5, both at 6 p.m. The links for those webinars will be posted soon.  Applications will be available Nov. 12.

Save The Dates

#VBSafeTogether: Get to know your SRO
School Resource Officers (SROs)are uniformed Virginia Beach police officers assigned to schools to help create a safe and positive learning environment. They build and maintain successful working relationships between police, school administrators, students, parents and staff. All middle and high schools have an SRO on-site; however, they are also available to respond to the feeder elementary schools when needed.

To better help our community understand the role of our SROs, VBCPS is hosting a series of online discussions on “Getting to Know Your SRO.” These Zoom panel discussions continue next week and feature SROs themselves, members from the VBCPS Office of Safe Schools and Deputy Chief William Dean, who commands the Operations Division of the Virginia Beach Police Department. Please check the schedule for your school(s) and use this Zoom link to tune in.

Getting To Know Your SRO

Oct. 19, 2020, 6 p.m. – High Schools
Ocean Lakes
Princess Anne

Oct. 26, 2020, 6 p.m. – Middle Schools
Bayside 6
Corporate Landing
Old Donation School
Great Neck

Nov. 2, 2020, 6 p.m. – Middle Schools
Princess Anne
Virginia Beach

Thanks for your support of Virginia Beach City Public Schools