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.
Special Education Services
VBCPS is committed to providing free, appropriate educational opportunities for all students with disabilities, ages two through 21 years, inclusive. Services are provided in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment, as outlined in the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is developed cooperatively by the student's parents, educators, building administrators/ designees and other invited participants. The student is also included when appropriate.
- Students attend neighborhood or zoned schools at all levels and are served according to their needs in general and/or special education classes.
- Students who receive less than 50 percent of their instruction from a special educator are considered to receive Level I services. Students receiving 50 percent or more of their instruction from a special educator are considered to receive Level II support according to state standards.
- Special curriculum, equipment and materials are used for instruction as described in each student's IEP. Whenever appropriate, the materials and curriculum used in general education are also used in the student's special education program.
- All students receive special education services from teachers who are approved by the state to teach students with disabilities.
- Music, art, library, physical education, extracurricular activities and nursing services are available to students with disabilities. Based upon each student's Individualized Education Program, related services (e.g., speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy) and other resources are also available to students with disabilities.