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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.

Beach Bags

You can help our community by packing a “Beach Bag” for a beach child!

Beach Bags

The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and over school breaks, including the long summer breaks. Since the program was founded in 2009, more than 154,000 Beach Bags have been distributed. During the 2019-20 school year, more than 24,400 Beach Bags were provided to our neediest students. Food-insecure students are identified for support by school staff or the Office of School Social Work Services.

Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "households that are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet basic needs of all their members because of insufficient money or other resources.” It is impossible to predict the impact that being deprived of food has on a child's development, but parents and teachers agree that even short-term hunger has an immediate negative impact on student alertness, behavior and academic achievement.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, is addressing this critical need through the Beach Bags program, which is funded entirely through donations by generous community members, area businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations and school and student organizations. Schools and the community can help by making tax-deductible, financial contributions through the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, by collecting and donating food items, or by volunteering to assemble bags each week. Donations are accepted daily at the School Administration Building located at 2512 George Mason Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456.

For more information about the Beach Bags program, email or call the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 757.263.1949.

The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and over school breaks, including the long summer breaks. Since the program was founded in 2009, more than 154,000 Beach Bags have been distributed. During the 2019-20 school year, more than 24,400 Beach Bags were provided to our neediest students. Food-insecure students are identified for support by school staff or the Office of School Social Work Services.

Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "households that are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet basic needs of all their members because of insufficient money or other resources.” It is impossible to predict the impact that being deprived of food has on a child's development, but parents and teachers agree that even short-term hunger has an immediate negative impact on student alertness, behavior and academic achievement.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, is addressing this critical need through the Beach Bags program, which is funded entirely through donations by generous community members, area businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations and school and student organizations. Schools and the community can help by making tax-deductible, financial contributions through the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, by collecting and donating food items, or by volunteering to assemble bags each week. Donations are accepted daily at the School Administration Building located at 2512 George Mason Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456.

Upcoming Event!

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For more information about the Beach Bags program, email or call the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 757.263.1949.

Beach Bag filled with food

Each Beach Bag contains:

  • 2- Individual-sized cereal boxes or oatmeal
  • 2- 8 oz. servings of shelf-stable milk
  • 2- Individual-sized meals (ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, macaroni & cheese, etc.)
  • 2- 4 oz. fruit cups and/or 100% juice boxes
  • 2- Snack items (granola bars, raisins, pretzels, etc.)