Families Letter

Good afternoon, VBCPS families and staff-

As we informed you yesterday, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education issued new guidance regarding COVID-19 safety strategies for K-12 schools.

Our leadership team has reviewed the information, and we will continue to consult with state and local health officials. We intend to bring a plan forward by August 10 to share with the School Board about the start of the next school year.

In the interim, and based on those guidelines as well as guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all VBCPS schools participating in summer programming will adhere to the following policies regarding face masks, which will be in effect through Aug. 31:

  • Elementary Schools: Regardless of vaccination status, all students, staff and visitors must wear face coverings while indoors when students are in the building.
  • Secondary Schools: Unvaccinated students, staff and visitors must wear face coverings while indoors. Fully vaccinated students and staff do not need to wear a mask
  • Transportation: Regardless of vaccination status, all students and staff must wear a face covering while riding the bus, in accordance with a Federal Executive Order.

The mask requirement does not apply to outdoor settings or to buildings where in-person instruction is not taking place. These policies do not preclude any fully vaccinated individual from wearing a mask if they choose to do so. Virginia Beach City Public Schools will not be requiring documentation of vaccination at this time.

We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to these policies as they develop.

Thank you for your support of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.