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Families Letter

Good evening, VBCPS families-

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This coming Tuesday, Sept. 29, we are welcoming our pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade students whose families chose Option 1 back to face-to-face instruction. Now that we are starting to bring students into school buildings this year, we want to update you on office hours. School and administrative buildings are open for office hours Monday thru Friday by appointment only as follows:

  • Elementary school office hours are 7:30 a.m - 4 p.m.
  • Middle School office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • High School office hours are 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Administrative buildings, such as the school administration building, are open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday will continue to be instructional days, with Mondays serving as asynchronous learning time for students and as professional learning time with office hours for teachers.

Please note that visitors to any of our buildings are required to wear face coverings at all times.

Face Mask Required Please Keep 6FT Safe Distance

And whether you are a student, parent, teacher or other member of the VBCPS staff, please refer to this poster daily as you prepare for school or work or plan to enter a VBCPS building.

COVID-19 Self-Screening Questions

Please know that VBCPS is following Virginia Department of Health guidelines for evaluating a child who has been exposed to or has symptoms of COVID-19. Information on those protocols is available on the VDH website.

For the safety of our students and staff, we ask that parents and guardians do not make plans to eat lunch with their children at school at the present time. Volunteers are also not permitted in the buildings for now. However, you can still be a resource for students and teachers by volunteering virtually through zoom calls, virtual tours, as a virtual mentor or reading buddy and much more. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement.

New chat feature on vbschools.com
If you have an instructional technology question you need answered but school is already out for the day, we've got you covered! For the next month, our instructional technology specialists are standing by from 6:30 p.m.- 8:15 p.m., Monday-Thursday, through the VBCPS chat feature on our website. Just go to vbschools.com and look for the chat icon in the bottom right corner.

Community resource fair for students in Special Education
VBCPS will host its first Virtual Community Resource Fair Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., featuring a panel of representatives from the division, the local community and the Virginia Department of Education. They will discuss special education topics and other relevant information about programs and services available that support positive outcomes for students and families of children with disabilities.

This event is sponsored by the VBCPS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), office of programs for exceptional children (OPEC) and the office of family and community engagement (FACE).

Register using this link. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

SAT testing and preparation
VBCPS will offer SAT testing sites this fall. Families may register their students for the Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and/or Dec. 5 SAT administrations at Bayside High School, First Colonial High School, Green Run High School or Princess Anne High School. If you need assistance with registering your student for an upcoming SAT administration, please contact your assigned school counselor.

In an effort to maintain testing preparedness, VBCPS recommends that students enroll in the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Students can find Khan Academy through their ClassLink LaunchPad in the Curriculum Resources folder and in their student backpack. In Schoology, you’ll find directions on how to create a College Board account, to connect to Khan Academy, to enroll in the SAT prep course and to access personalized prep courses. If you are interested in learning more about the SAT and how VBCPS students can set up their personalized practices, view About the SAT and SAT Prep in Khan Academy, or reach out to your child’s school counselor.

VBCPS Pathways Panel Series 1: Frequently Asked Questions for VA Colleges & Universities
We’re excited to offer our secondary families the opportunity to hear directly from a panel of admission counselors representing some of our state’s most popular universities.

VBCPS Pathways Panel Series 1: Frequently Asked Questions for VA colleges & Universities. Starting OCt. 1, 6 p.m. - Recorded sessions available via Schoology

Starting next Thursday, Oct. 1, our high schools will be hosting a series where college representatives will share information and answer questions regarding the admission process, opportunities unique to their schools, strengthening college applications and more. These ZOOM meetings will be recorded live and available via your child’s Schoology account at 6 p.m. on the dates listed below, and will be posted on the division’s YouTube channel shortly thereafter. Families are welcome to submit questions via this link. Follow-up questions not addressed in the recorded panel discussion will be answered privately by an admissions representative or your local school counselor.

  • Oct. 1 – College Admissions
  • Oct. 22 – Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Nov. 19 – Out-of-state Schools
  • Dec. 10 – Military Academies
  • Jan. 7, 2021 – Recruiters from Branches of Military
  • Jan. 28 – Two-year and Trade School/Programs

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