Families Letter

Good evening, VBCPS families and staff-

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Following a vote by the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach this week, an adjusted schedule for the return of Option 1 students to classrooms has been approved. Dr. Spence has more about the plan and his thinking around it on a new Deskside Chat.

In this letter:

  • Board-approved plan for Option 1 students return
  • MLK holiday reminder
  • Food services reminder
  • Password reset and recovery alert for middle school students
  • Schedule of vaccinations for employees
  • Extended deadlines for academy program applications
  • Black History Program Feb. 6
  • Work for VBCPS

The planned schedule for Option 1 students
The schedule is based on guidance from the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, and the division reaching two key goals regarding COVID-19:

  • Meeting each of the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control recommended health and safety mitigations, which are
    • consistent and correct use of masks,
    • maximum social distancing possible,
    • effective hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette,
    • cleaning and disinfection, and
    • contact tracing with local health department.
  • A reduction in the percent positivity rate for the Eastern Region over seven days. For example, if from Sunday to Sunday, we went from 20% test positivity to 19% test positivity, we would be prepared to open schools for in-person instruction that Tuesday (with Monday being an asynchronous day). If the 7-day period was mid-week (e.g., Tuesday to Tuesday), we would be prepared to open for in-person instruction the following week, for operational purposes. We will alert you to prepare for opening when we begin to see a decline in the percent positivity rate.

At this time, assuming both these goals are met, students whose parents have chosen in-person instruction will return to class, based on the following schedule:

  • Week of Feb. 1 – pre-K, kindergarten, grades 1 through 6, designated special education groups
  • Week of Feb. 22 – grades 7-8, and 9-12, including ATC/TCE

While schedules will remain the same for pre-K – sixth grade students, all others will return to school on the hybrid model used earlier this year, including current ninth graders.

Please keep in mind that if both of the stated goals are not met by Feb. 1, Option 1 students will not return to class that week and we will work with local health officials to reassess the safety mitigation goals, monitor the positivity rate and adjust the schedule as explained in the example above.


The positivity rate will not change for the better if we do not work together to stem the community spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to use the following guidelines as a part of our efforts to #VBSAFETogether: please wear face coverings, please wash hands often, please keep things clean, and please keep your distance.

MLK holiday
A quick reminder that Monday, Jan. 18, is a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be no classes or staff activities.

Food service
Because of the holiday, there will be no food service Monday, Jan. 18. This Friday’s bagged meals will include breakfast, lunch and supper for four days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Regular meal service will resume Tuesday, Jan. 19.

During normal weeks, bagged meals are provided Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with the Friday bag containing breakfast, lunch, and supper for Saturday and Sunday. Meals may be picked up from any school, regardless of where your child is enrolled.

Reminder about password reset and recovery in ClassLink for middle school students
Monday, Jan. 18, all middle school students who have not already configured password recovery and reset will be required to do so when they first login to ClassLink. This is a fast and easy process that is done right in the ClassLink LaunchPad. Students are encouraged to do this before Jan. 18. Once set up, we ask that students change their passwords immediately to keep them secure. Instructions can be found HERE.

Schedule for employee vaccination
The COVID-19 vaccination process is underway in Virginia Beach. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the school division is preparing to provide the vaccine to employees as soon as it becomes available. To determine the number of vaccines that will be needed, staff members received an email yesterday, asking to them fill out a form that will place them on a list to receive a vaccination through VBCPS. If you are an employee, it is imperative that you indicate your preference as soon as possible so we can assess the need and fill the slots that the VDH makes available.

Deadlines to apply for academy programs extended
We have extended the application deadline to Jan. 18 for all high school academy programs, the Advanced Technology Center and Plaza Middle Years Program. The deadline for gifted cluster programs (grades 2-8) and the Old Donation School Intellectual Program (grades 2-7) has also been extended to Jan. 18.

For grade 1 families, Old Donation School Full-time Intellectual Program applications are due Feb. 17.

For grade 10 families, the Environmental Studies Program applications are due Feb. 19.

Please contact your child’s counselor if you have questions or need further assistance.

Black History Program: Reflection on a Legacy: Building for the Present through Persistence, Perseverance and Pride
Black History Initiative
Registration is now open for the 2021 Black History Program, Feb. 6., from 9 a.m. to noon via Zoom. The keynote speaker will be Virginia Beach Councilman Aaron Rouse. This Black history initiative serves as an opportunity to enlighten and prepare all participants with resources to apply the lived experience of others to their personal reflection and understanding. Attendees will be able to discuss and learn about historical topics and community advancements. This program will also provide families, educators, and community members with roundtable sessions focused on supporting our students and local communities. This event is open to all VBCPS students in grades 6-12, parents and guardians, staff and community members, but you must register HERE.

Work for VBCPS
We Are Hiring!
Take on a new challenge this year in a role with VBCPS. We offer many interesting and rewarding career opportunities that span various industries and skill sets.

Our team members enjoy holidays and summers off, competitive pay, career development programs and comprehensive benefits. With both part- and full-time opportunities, you’re sure to find the perfect fit. Apply now!

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