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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 7-1

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Relations with the Public

The School Board recognizes citizens' rights to participate in educational decisions and their right to be informed about how pupils are being educated and how school funds are spent. The School Board endorses an affirmative public communication policy and accepts responsibility for keeping the community informed about schools. In cooperation with administrators and teachers, it seeks opportunity to inform individual citizens and organizations about educational services, initiatives, accomplishments, needs, challenges, costs, revenues, expenditures and other pertinent topics.

The School Board and Superintendent seek and welcome individual and group opinions, suggestions, and questions regarding school matters. Regular School Board meetings shall be open to the public and to the news media. Closed sessions shall be held only in compliance with state law.

School Board Members, administrators, teachers, and staff recognize the news media, VBTV (the municipal cable television channel), the School Divisionís website and social media channels to be important means of keeping people informed about school-related news and information. They welcome the interest and assistance of publishers, editors, station managers, and reporters. School Board Members, administrators, teachers and staff desire to provide representatives of all news media with available non-confidential facts about schools. All news releases will be distributed electronically to local news media and will be posted on the School Divisionís website for convenient public access.

The Superintendent is authorized and directed to prepare publications needed to keep citizens informed about educational services, initiatives, achievements, needs, costs, challenges, revenues, and expenditures and other pertinent topics. The Superintendent is directed to provide parents, guardians and students at the beginning of each school year the academic objectives, standards of learning, and requirements for graduation as required by the Regulations Establishing the Standards for Accrediting the Public Schools in Virginia. The Superintendent will ensure that each school provides to the parents of children attending the school and to the school community a written School Performance Report Card that complies with the Regulations Establishing the Standards for Accrediting the Public Schools in Virginia.

All School Board employees and volunteers shall seek to maintain positive relationships with students, parents, organizations, and news media, thus helping implement this Policy.

Editor's Note:

See also School Board policy 7-10 and any implementing regulations.

Code of Virginia ß22.1-253.13:7, as amended, Standard 7. School board policies.

Virginia Board of Education Regulation, 8 VAC 20-131-270, as amended. School and community communications.

Adopted by School Board: October 21, 1969
Amended by School Board: November 18, 1986
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: October 20, 1992
Amended by School Board: September 15, 1998
Amended by School Board: May 25, 2004
Amended by School Board: May 9, 2006
Amended by School Board: August 19, 2014