Families Letter

Good evening, VBCPS families and staff-

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Attention Parents Let Us Know Your Plans! 2021-2022 School Year

If you have already indicated your choice for in-person or virtual instruction for your child(ren) for the 2021-22 school year, thank you.

If not, please do so through the pre-enrollment survey, which can be found via ParentVUE. The survey is open through Sunday, May 16, and a survey must be filled out for each child enrolled in VBCPS. If you have not activated your ParentVUE account, instructions are available here.

For families who do not respond to the survey, their children will receive face-to-face instruction for school year 2021-22.

An FAQ page is available on vbschools.com, and there is a VVA Readiness Questionnaire where you can review questions and consider whether Virtual Virginia or in-person learning with VBCPS is best for your family. There is also a wealth of information on the Virtual Virginia website. A hotline – 757-337-1641 – is answered Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You’re also invited to tune in to the final Family Connection information session about Virtual Virginia, hosted by VBCPS, tonight at 6. Questions about both elementary and secondary school will be addressed.

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

Also in this letter:

  • Adjusted dismissals in June
  • Graduations
  • Mask requirement update
  • Online registration for new students
  • Summer school
  • Work for VBCPS

Adjusted dismissals in June
In support of graduations, June 15, 16 and 17 will be adjusted school days for high school students only. Dismissal will be at 11:35 a.m. on those days. This is an update to the current school-year calendar. June 18 remains an adjusted dismissal day for all VBCPS students.

Graduations

Although contracts are still being signed, we can confirm now that VBCPS will hold all graduation ceremonies at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. This is the schedule:

Graduation Schedule
With the governor’s indication that an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations and a decrease in cases would lead to the elimination of most health and safety mitigations –except face coverings–by June 15, we are working on a plan with the venue that could allow us to seat more guests under the amphitheater canopy. That would mean more tickets for our graduates. We should have more information by June 1 on two seating options for graduation and how the ticket distribution would work for either.

Mask requirement update
We acknowledge the CDC announced this afternoon that vaccinated individuals no longer need to socially distance or wear masks in most situations. However, specific school guidance on these changes in safety mitigation is expected in the coming days, and we will need time to work with the health department to understand expectations. We will keep you informed and make any adjustments to our policy at that time.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow this guidance from the Virginia Department of Health. Face coverings are still required indoors and outdoors at our schools and administrative buildings. All VBCPS students are required to wear face coverings at bus stops, on school buses and in school buildings. When engaged in outdoor activities, including recess and the use of playgrounds and playground equipment, mask-wearing is expected when students are unable to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing. However, when outdoors, students who can maintain more than 6 feet of physical distancing may remove their face covering.

Online registration available
As of Monday, May 17, VBCPS is pleased to offer online registration to all schools within the division for new students for the 2021-2022 school year. Online registration is available for new registrations ONLY. The online system allows parents and guardians to provide basic information about their child, including health details. Families of new students must still make an appointment with the school to finalize registration. For more detailed information on what you will need to bring to complete registering your child, please visit our student registration page.

To access online registration, you must have an active ParentVUE account. To create an account for online registration, please click the button "More Options," select "Create a New Account," and follow the prompts.

For registration questions, please contact your school's registrar or the office of student leadership at 757-263-2020.

If you are having problems with your ParentVUE account, please call VBCPS customer service at 757-263-1111.

Summer school
Summer School
Register now for the most robust summer school opportunities ever offered to Virginia Beach families! Children whose parents are residents of the City of Virginia Beach are eligible to attend summer school classes at VBCPS. There have been cost reductions for summer school classes as a result of COVID-19.

Middle and high school summer classes will be held from Tuesday, June 29, through Monday, Aug. 16. New this summer will be Boost Opportunities for science and math courses, designed to build the skills necessary for success during the 2021-2022 school year.

The program offerings and schedules vary based upon the grade and/or option chosen. Please visit our summer school webpage and click on the relevant grade level.

Work for VBCPS!
We Are Hiring Custodians
Join our amazing custodian team. Current opportunities include night or day and full or part-time to fit your schedule. We offer holidays and summers off, comprehensive benefits and custodian leadership development programs to advance your career. Apply today!

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