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Ann Bane
Director of Community
& Legislative Relations


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The mission of the Office of Community and Legislative Relations is to fully engage the community of Hampton with Hampton City Schools, providing opportunities for community input, ownership and support. Particular emphasis is placed upon outreach to external stakeholders; business, military, faith, higher education, civic and social organizations, as well as governmental bodies. Likewise, attention is focused upon the school division’s internal stakeholders; faculty, staff, students and families. The development of effective mechanisms for community partnerships and communication with all stakeholders supports the overall mission of Hampton City Schools – In collaboration with our community, Hampton City Schools ensures academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes..

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Parental’s important

What if you could help your child enjoy school more, get better grades, and reduce behavior problems at the same time?  Reams of research has shown that regardless of parents’ income and educational background, their involvement in education helps their kids do better in and out of school.

get involvedParent involvement can be as simple as helping with homework or reading a book together at bedtime.  Going to parent-teacher conferences is important, but taking the family to school sponsored events make a difference, too.  More involvement is better, but you don’t have to be president of the PTA or run the school carnival.  As long as your actions show that you value education, your child is likely to respond.  Here are just a few of the reasons you should get involved in your child’s education:

get involvedHigher grades.  Kids whose parents are involved in their education get better grades and have higher test scores.  And the more parents are involved, the more their children seem to benefit.  A study of parents highly involved in the educational process showed that their children were more likely to improve in reading and math.

Better behavior.  Kids develop better social skills and show improved behavior when their parents are involved at school.  Studies have also shown that kids are less likely to skip school, less disruptive in class, and more likely to do their homework when their parents are involved.  One study showed that when dads are highly involved in schools, their children enjoy school more and are less likely to be suspended, expelled, or required to repeat a grade.

get involvedImproved education.  Research shows that parent involvement can help improve the quality of schools, raise teacher morale, and improve a school’s reputation in the community.  Involved parents gain the respect of teachers; as a result, teachers have higher expectations of their children.  Involvement pays off in the long term, too:  Children stay in school longer and are more likely to continue their education after high school.

get involvedIncreased confidence.  When students feel supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement.  Children of involved parents are more likely to feel that they’re accepted, included, and respected and at school.

Parents benefit, too.  When parents become involved in their children’s education, they become more comfortable in the school building, gain confidence in their parenting skills, and feel more capable of helping their children learn.  They’re also more likely to continue their own education.

Involvement is easy.  You don’t have to log hundreds of volunteer hours for your child to benefit.  Even if you can only volunteer a few hours a year, every little bit counts.  If you’re ready to do more, your school’s parent-teacher group can help you find ways to get involved that fit both your schedule and your interests.

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family at the beachThere is so much you can do TOGETHER in Hampton on Parental Involvement Day and every other day of the year!  Most of these are inexpensive or even free, and they are all things you can do TOGETHER.

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1.  VISIT A LOCAL PARK OR BEACH (Buckroe, Grandview, Sandy Bottom, Blue Bird Gap, Gosnold, Downtown Waterfront, etc.).  Collect shells. Bring a picnic lunch.  Swim or skim board.  Toss a frisbee.  Go to summer concerts and movies.  Find details here.

2.  VISIT A LOCAL ATTRACTION OR MUSEUM (Virginia Air and Space Center, Air Power Park, Casemate, Blue Skies, Hampton History Museum, Charles Taylor Arts Center, etc.).  It's all right in your backyard!

graphic of a family playing a board game3.   PLAN A FAMILY ACTIVITY NIGHT (game night, family dinner, listen to/play music, go star gazing). Encourage kids to come up with their own ideas.  These can be fun and easy to plan.

4.  PROMOTE FAMILY FITNESS TOGETHER (take a walk, ride bikes, visit the YMCA, hit a bucket of golf balls, fly a kite, rollerblade).  Get out and get moving - try something your kids like to do!  See what's happening at the Boo Williams Sports Complex and the community activity centers.

graphic of a family recyclying5.  PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (PTA, reading to kids at school, book fair, field day, dances, fine arts performances).  School PTAs, teachers, and clubs need help, and you'll have as much fun as the kids.

6.  ATTEND LOCAL SPORTING EVENTS (football, soccer, Pilots, school teams).  There are great school and city league teams.  There are also leagues through the YMCA and a variety of events at community centers.

7.  PROMOTE READING IN YOUR CHILDREN (go to the library or local book stores, read a book or newspaper together and discuss what you read).  Kids of all ages benefit when we read to them and with them.  Enhance reading by discussing what you read.  Encourage children to select their favorite book for you to read.

graphic of a family on a hike8.  EXPLORE YOUR COMMUNITY (visit Ft. Monroe or Langley AFB, take public transportation, explore somewhere you don't usually go).  There are things to do and places to see that might surprise you - broaden your horizons!

graphic of a car trip9.  PLAN A FAMILY PROJECT (plant a tree or flowers, paint or redecorate a room, spruce up the yard, etc.)  Plant something and watch it grow - it will bring years of enjoyment.   Work on a recycle or energy savings plan for your family.  Organize your hurricane or storm "survival" supplies and evacuation plan.  Balance family spending.


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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.