Families Letter

Good evening, VBCPS families and staff-

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We welcomed back our Option 1 secondary students this week, and it’s been wonderful to see and hear from students and staff who are so happy to be together in our buildings again. We know it’s been a long time getting to this point and, as ever, we are grateful for your patience and perseverance during this remarkable school year.

In this letter:

  • Reminder: March 5 is a regular school day
  • Food services alert for March 1
  • Athletics update
  • Extracurricular activities update
  • Milestone events update
  • Application deadline reminder
  • Register for “NAMI Ending the Silence for Families” webinar
  • Work for VBCPS

Reminder: March 5 is a regular school day
Friday, March 5, will be a regular instruction day, both in-person and virtual, for all students and staff. Although the official school calendar indicates that March 5 is a “staff day,” it also carries the caveat that it is only to be used if students are receiving in-school instruction five days per week. Since students are currently receiving in-school instruction four days a week, March 5 will be a regular workday for all employees.

Any staff originally scheduled to be off March 5 have been notified that March 1 will be their new non-workday.

Food services alert- March 1
Because Monday, March 1, is now a non-workday for select cafeteria staff, there will be no food service. Tomorrow’s bag will include meals for Friday through Monday.

Please remember that during regular school weeks, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at no charge to ALL children (age 18 and under) at all VBCPS schools, regardless of individual eligibility or whether they receive instruction virtually or in-person. The meals for virtual students are provided via a drive by/pickup model, with bagged meals provided Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., with the Friday bag containing food for Saturday and Sunday. Students in face-to-face instruction may also pick up weekend meals through the drive by/pickup model.

Athletics update
The VBCPS winter varsity sports season has ended, with 95 of 99 teams completing their respective seasons, girls basketball earning a state championship, multiple teams finishing second in the state, individuals earning championships in wrestling, and athletes achieving all-state honors. Congratulations to all our athletes, their coaches and families for their flexibility and perseverance. Fall varsity sports are now underway with football slated to play their first games tomorrow night.

Last week, Governor Ralph Northam declared outdoor events could have as many as 250 spectators, not to exceed 30% of the venue’s rated capacity. Spectators must maintain 10 feet of physical distancing. After reviewing this new guidance and assessing our ability to maintain a safe environment for everyone, VBCPS will allow spectators to attend fall outdoor sports –football, field hockey, cross-country and golf– as of March 1. This means spectators will not be permitted at tomorrow night’s football games. This will allow schools a chance to manage and master the safety mitigations surrounding the games before welcoming spectators.

Additional guidelines for football games as of March 1:

  • Admission will not be charged.
  • Schools will distribute paper tickets from their inventory to spectators. Because schools will vary in the degree of band participation and size of football teams, and due to special circumstances surrounding senior night and homecoming, individual schools will decide how tickets will be distributed each week based on their needs. Home and visiting student activities coordinators will decide on the color of the tickets to be used for each game – 150 for the home school and 100 for the visiting school.

 

Guidelines for cross country, field hockey and golf:

  • Spectators will be allowed.
  • Schools are discouraged from promoting any particular contests so that crowds remain within allowable limits.

 

Guidelines for cheer and volleyball:

  • Because these events are indoors, no spectators will be allowed to attend this season.
Finally, our No. 1 goal has been to allow our varsity athletes the chance to have a season, which required canceling MS and JV sports. In consultation with VBCPS leadership and health staff, the Virginia Beach Middle School League (VBMSL) has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining sports seasons (season 3 and season 4) for the VBMSL interscholastic activities.

 

Extracurricular activities update
Schools will begin offering extracurricular programs in-person. As with athletics, there will be established health and safety protocols to follow, and due to those health mitigations, not all schools will be able to offer the same programming. But VBCPS remains committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for students to safely participate in these programs.

Many clubs have been meeting virtually and some may now introduce an in-person option. When students and staff gather in-person, they will be expected to adhere to all health and safety mitigations.

Milestone events update
At this point, no decisions have been made on special end-of-year events like graduation, ring dance, prom or senior day. We will keep you apprised.

Application deadline reminder
For grade 8-11 families, Green Run Collegiate applications are due tomorrow, Feb. 26. Parents can access the form HERE.

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

Family Connection Series - NAMI Ending the Silence for Families
March Family Connection Wellness Series: Ending the Silence for Families. March 10, 2021 6-7 p.m.
Register now for the next installment of our Family Connection Series, featuring a presentation about the resources available to help families recognize the most common warning signs of mental illness and how to respond effectively.

This Zoom webinar is Wednesday, March 10, at 6 p.m.

You may register in advance HERE.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Work for VBCPS
We Are Hiring Bus Drivers
If you’re just not feeling a day behind a desk, apply now to drive for VBCPS. This unique role offers holidays and summers off. Contracted bus drivers are eligible to enroll in a full range of benefits including health insurance, dental insurance, sick leave and more. CDL training is provided. We’re also continuing to accept applications for other positions for the 2021-2022 school year and the current year. Search our postings and apply today!

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