BOARD OF VISITORS
THE VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
P.O. BOX 2069 STAUNTON, VA 24402-2069
Pursuant to Chapter 1283 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, the Board of Visitors of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind will convene electronically on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct the business required or necessary to operations. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus health emergency, the meeting will proceed under modified procedures.
This meeting is open to the public and will be available to join by phone at (562)247-8422 or available to view online at:
Registration URL https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6465006738145904912
Webinar ID 819-065-387
Oral public comment will not be accepted, however, written public comment is always accepted on the Board’s email account at BOVfirstname.lastname@example.org. Written public comment received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 18th will be posted on the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind’s webpage. All written public comment will be provided to the Board in a timely manner.
Please contact (540)332-9000 for more information.
- March 2, 2021 |
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Despite the pandemic, VSDB has had a smooth start to the new school year! Students arrived to campus for Registration Day on August 16th in preparation for the first day of school, Monday, August 17th. VSDB opened providing five days a week in-person instruction in order to meet the needs of its diverse and complex population. After months of the campus being quiet and empty, VSDB was alive again with students and employees! Everyone was happy to be back and to have the opportunity to see friends and get back to the business of learning!
Many hours went into the planning and reopening of VSDB. VSDB’s COVID-19 team worked diligently to address student, parent, employee, and community concerns, and to develop the VSDB Health and Instructional Mitigation Plans. The plans were developed with every aspect in mind to support a safe, healthy learning and working environment to the greatest extent possible. The team worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the local Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to ensure compliance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well as those set forward by the VDOE and VDH. The team examined all aspects of “a day in the life of a student” as well as “a day in the life of an employee” and established processes and procedures to support a safe return for everyone. The VSDB Health and Instructional Mitigation Plans are a work in progress and are updated as needed given new information and guidance. The Plans can be found on the homepage of the VSDB website.
VSDB looks forward to a great school year and is confident that with teamwork with parents, employees, and the community, that VSDB students will be served effectively during these challenging times. Please review the VSDB website for more information regarding VSDB programs and services as well as the COVID-19 resources that are posted and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Here is to a great 2020-2021 school year!
Pat Fahed Trice
- July 6, 2020 |
- The Board of Education Seal
- The Board of Education’s Seal for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- The Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology.
Taode has been accepted and plans to attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York. Taode, best wishes and good luck! VSDB is proud of YOU!
Join us for a webinar –
Expanded Core Curriculum – Learning for Life!
for families of children with blindness or vision impairment, birth through elementary school
June 25, 2020, 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Register now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7809095926273153805
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Registration deadline is noon, June 22, 2020. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Join us as we explore the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). Learn how your family can start early in sharing concepts and skills from the ECC with your children throughout normal, daily activities!
Some of the areas uniquely affected by impaired vision and included in the ECC are:
- Sensory Efficiency: Using all senses to access information in an efficient manner;
- Orientation & Mobility: Navigating independently and safely by knowing one’s position relative to other people, objects and places;
- Social Interaction: Learning how to behave in social situations without the benefit of non-verbal cues;
- Recreation & Leisure: Participating in physical activity and learning how to plan for and incorporate social and leisure time in one’s schedule; and
- Independent Living: Taking care of oneself as independently as possible.
Target Audience: Parents of children with blindness or vision impairments and professionals. The focus is on children from birth through elementary school, but all are welcome.
This webinar is sponsored by Education Services of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired and Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.
We hope you can join us!