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2512 George Mason Drive • P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-0038   757.263.1000 • 757.263.1240 TDD

Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 2-48

ADMINISTRATION

Conditions of Employment/Generally

  1. Conditions of Employment

    All applicants or employees are responsible for providing evidence of required licensure, certification or other qualifications for their positions. Failure to maintain required licensure, certification or other qualifications will constitute a breach of any employment contract or agreement with the School Board that adversely affects the business and operations of the School Division. An applicant may be subject to withdrawal of an employment offer or an employee may be disciplined up to and including termination for failing to maintain licensure, certification or other qualifications. Employees are subject to all conditions of the employment contract or agreement including any special covenants or other conditions imposed by the School Board or state or federal agencies.

  2. Licensed Personnel
    1. Licensed personnel will be issued annual probationary contracts until they have met the criteria for a continuing contract. Licensed personnel who have met the criteria for a continuing contract with the School Board will receive a continuing contract their first years of eligibility and will receive employment notification/assignment forms each following school year unless their continuing contracts are otherwise terminated.
    2. Assistant Principals, Principals and Supervisors who require licenses in accordance with Virginia Department of Education Regulations will receive annual probationary contracts until they meet the criteria for a continuing contract in their positions.
    3. All regular school bus drivers will be issued annual written employment agreements/contracts with the School Board in accordance with Virginia Department of Education Regulations.
    4. The School Board may enter into written employment agreements/contracts with other employees when the School Board determines that such an arrangement is beneficial to the School Division.
  3. Other Employees

    All other employees will be given an annual employment agreement upon hiring and will receive employment notifications/assignment forms for each year thereafter upon approval of the School Board. Employees with employment agreements or annual assignments do not have a guarantee of employment and remain at will employees.

  4. Coaching or Extracurricular Sponsorship Contracts

    The coaching contract or extracurricular activity sponsorship contract shall be separate and apart from the annual or continuing contract or employment agreement. Termination of the coaching contract or extracurricular activity sponsorship contract shall not constitute cause for the termination of the annual or continuing contract or employment agreement.

  5. Contracts or Employment Notification/Assignment Forms

    Contracts or employment notification/assignment forms are approved by the School Board upon the recommendation of the Superintendent. The School Board grants to the Superintendent or designee the authority to offer contracts or employment agreements subject to final approval by the School Board. The Superintendent shall specify in any offer that final approval is required by the School Board.

  6. Background Check Required

    The Superintendent shall require that all applicants, whether full-time or part-time, permanent or temporary, submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information to obtain criminal history record information for the purpose of screening individuals who accept employment with the School Board. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall forward the personal descriptive information through the Central Criminal Records Exchange to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information regarding such applicant. As a condition of employment, the Superintendent or designee may require that any employee submit to another background check.

    The Superintendent or his/her designee shall require that any applicant who is offered or accepts employment requiring direct contact with students provide written consent and the necessary personal information to obtain a search of the registry of founded complaints of child abuse and neglect maintained by the Virginia Department of Social Services. The Superintendent shall thereafter request a search of the records of the Virginia Department of Social Services to be conducted for each such applicant. When the applicant has resided in another state within the last five years, the School Board shall require as a condition of employment that such applicant provide written consent and the necessary personal information for the School Board to obtain information from each relevant state as to whether the applicant was the subject of a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect in such state.

    The Superintendent or his/her designee shall also require that each applicant or employee, whether full-time or part-time, permanent or temporary, certify that he or she has not been: 1) convicted of a felony, or any offense involving sexual molestation, physical or sexual abuse or rape of a child, or of a crime of moral turpitude; and 2) has not been the subject of a founded case of child abuse and neglect. Falsification of such certification will constitute grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or discipline up to and including termination.

  7. Salaries and Compensation

    Salary and compensation will be determined by the School Board in the Compensation Plan or as otherwise determined by the School Board. Regulations governing salaries will be promulgated by the Superintendent. No base compensation/salary rate will be paid unless contained in the Compensation Plan (except as outlined in section H of this Policy) developed annually by the Superintendent in accordance with the current operating budget, School Board directives, or written regulations promulgated by the Superintendent; or, such compensation is separately submitted to and approved by the School Board.

  8. Exceptions

    The Superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to provide a salary and/or benefit options which addresses compression, equity and competition for individuals with critical knowledge, skills, and expertise; provided the given base salary is within the approved Compensation Plan developed annually, and is in accordance with the current operating budget.

    Appropriate written notification of such actions where the base salary is beyond the pay range shall be made by the Superintendent or his/her designee to the School Board.

Code of Virginia § 19.2-389, as amended. Dissemination of Criminal history record information.

Code of Virginia § 19.2-390.1, as amended. Sex offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; maintenance; access.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-296.2, as amended. Fingerprinting required; reciprocity permitted.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-293, as amended. School boards authorized to employ principals and assistant principals; license required; powers and duties.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-294, as amended. Probationary terms of service for principals, assistant principals and supervisors; evaluations; reassigning principal, assistant principal, or supervisor to teaching position.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-296.1, as amended. Data on convictions for certain crimes and child abuse and neglect required; penalty.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-296.4, as amended. Child abuse and neglect data required.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-299, as amended. License required of teachers.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-300, as amended. Tuberculosis certificate.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-302, as amended. Written contracts required; execution of contracts; qualifications of temporarily employed teachers; rules and regulations.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-303, as amended. Probationary terms of service for teachers.

Editor's Note:

See School Board Policies 4-56, 4-75, and 4-90 for conditions of employment for licensed, classified, and substitute personnel.
See School Board Policy 4-5 for requirement that employees notify Superintendent when charged with crimes.
See School Board Regulation 2-48.1, Salary Adjustments for Promotions/Demotions.

Adopted by School Board: October 20, 1992
Amended by School Board: September 15, 1998
Amended by School Board: March 21, 2000
Amended by School Board: June 11, 2002
Amended by School Board: May 9, 2006
Amended by School Board: November 9, 2010
Amended by School Board: December 3, 2013