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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 4-75

PERSONNEL

Conditions of Employment

  1. General qualifications

    All applicants and employees must meet or exceed the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the functions of his/her job as outlined in the position’s job description. All positions require the basic ability to read/understand/speak English.

    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 Employees

    All applicants or employees are responsible for providing evidence of required licensure, certification, or other qualifications for their positions. Employees shall be required to provide proof of baccalaureate degree, major, concentration, or graduate degrees, and field of discipline. Educational transcripts are required as evidence of eligibility for Virginia Licensure.

    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.

    1. Instructional personnel whose positions require licenses issued by the Virginia Department of Education will be issued annual probationary contracts until they have met the criteria for a continuing contract. Licensed instructional personnel who have met the criteria for a continuing contract with the School Board will receive a continuing contract their first year 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/Coordinators 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. The School Board may enter into written employment agreements/contracts with other individuals when the School Board determines that such an arrangement is beneficial to the School Division.
  3. Non-licensed Employees
    1. 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.
    2. 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. Substitute Employees

    The Superintendent is authorized to employ substitutes for certain certified and classified personnel at an hourly rate established by the School Board as published in the Annual Compensation Plan. Persons employed as substitute teachers must have a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of college study. In an emergency, the Superintendent or designee may approve the employment of substitute teachers who do not meet this requirement, but who are otherwise competent to perform the needed service, at least twenty-one (21) years of age, and hold a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) certificate.

    Qualifications for other categories of substitute employees will be determined by the Superintendent and will be in accordance with law and Virginia Board of Education regulations as applicable.

    Substitute employees shall be employed and paid on an hourly basis and for a minimum of two (2) hours. They shall not be given a contract. Substitute employees shall receive no leave benefits (e.g., sick leave, annual leave, and personal reasons leave) or other employee benefits except for the Employee Assistance Program, Tax-Sheltered Accounts 403(b), the Deferred Compensation 457 plan and health coverage if deemed eligible as defined by the Employer Mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  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. Coaching or Extracurricular Sponsorship Contracts

    Coaching contracts or extracurricular activity sponsorship contracts shall be separate and apart from annual or continuing contracts or employment agreements. Termination of the coaching contract or extracurricular activity sponsorship contract may occur at any time. Such termination shall not constitute cause for the termination of the annual or continuing contract or employment agreement.

  7. Conditions of Work

    The Superintendent, or a designee, shall establish work schedules, provisions for absences and other conditions of work in keeping with School Board policy.

  8. Background Check Required

    The Superintendent shall require that all employees, 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 in the division.

    The Superintendent 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 employee.

    The Superintendent 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 Department of Social Services. The Superintendent shall thereafter request a search of the records of the Department of Social Services to be conducted for each such applicant.

    The Superintendent shall also require that each employee, whether full-time or part-time, permanent or temporary, certify that he or she has not been: 1) convicted of a felony, a crime of moral turpitude, or any offense involving the sexual molestation, physical or sexual abuse or rape; and 2) has not been the subject of a founded case of child abuse and neglect.

    Substitute employees may be permitted to work pending the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation background investigation and Department of Social Services search of the registry of founded complaints if the following conditions are met:

    1. The School Division has successfully completed a state and local police background check for the individual; and
    2. The School Division has successfully completed a check of the sex offender website and the sex offender and crimes against minors registry for the individual; and
    3. The School Division requires the individual to serve in the presence of an employee who has successfully completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation background investigation and the Department of Social Services search of the registry of founded complaints.
  9. Health Requirements

    All persons selected for employment shall submit a certificate signed by a licensed physician stating he/she is free of communicable tuberculosis.

  10. Probationary Periods
    1. Instructional: Although contracts for probationary instructional personnel are issued for one (1) year only, the first three (3) years of a person's employment shall be considered a probationary period for new personnel. The School Board authorizes the Superintendent or designee to extend a probationary period up to five (5) years total for an individual employee.
      1. All probationary employees, except those with prior successful teaching experience, shall be provided with a mentor teacher during their first year. Further, probationary employees will be given extra supervision and assistance in adjusting to their new positions, and particular attention will be given to a continuing evaluation of their efficiency.
      2. Probationary teachers shall annually be evaluated using the procedures developed by the School Board. The Superintendent shall consider each annual evaluation of a probationary employee in the nonrenewal process. If a teacher’s annual performance evaluation during the probationary period is unsatisfactory, the School Board shall not reemploy such teacher.
      3. Teachers who have attained continuing status in another public school division in Virginia shall serve a probationary period of no less than one (1) year and not to exceed two (2) years in the School Division before attaining continuing contract status. Such probationary period shall be a part of the initial contract.
    2. Non-instructional: All employees, other than those subject to §§ 22.1-303 and 22.1-294 of the Code of Virginia, shall serve a twelve-month probationary period. The probationary period can be extended up to six (6) additional months under certain circumstances (see Policy 4-1). The total probationary period shall not exceed 18 months.

Editor's Note

For conditions for employment of licensed personnel, see School Board Policies 4-56.
For requirement that employees notify superintendent when charged with crimes, see School Board Policy 4-5.
For probationary requirements, see School Board Policy 4-1

Code of Vrginia § 19.2﷓389, as amended. Dissemination of criminal history record information.

Code of Virginia § 22.1﷓296.2, as amended. Fingerprinting required.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-296.1, as amended. Data on convictions for child abuse or molestation required.

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

Code of Virginia § 19.2-390.1, as amended. Sex offender and crimes against minors registry; maintenance; access.

Code of Virginia § 19.2-390.2, as amended. Automatic notification of registration to certain entities.

State of Virginia Sex Offender Registry: http://sex-offender.vsp.state.va.us.

Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: March 21, 2000
Amended by School Board: December 4, 2017