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Lynn Kirkland

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Warren James
Lead Security Officer

Ideluia Sawyers
Attendance Coordinator

Shaun McIver
School-Court Liaison

The Department of Student Services works to ensure that Hampton City Schools is able to provide the best education possible in schools that are free of disruption, conflicts or violence. While working in partnership with law enforcement, fire officials, courts, social services, partners and the greater community, the department develops ways to keep school safe where  teachers can focus on teaching and students can focus on learning. 

Go to: Emergency Plan/School Safety for valuable information such as School Safety-Parent Resources and Links and School Emergency Parent Guides.

Virginia State PoliceSex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry

Youth, Parent Empowerment Program

The Youth, Parent Empowerment Program, known simply as YPEP, is a multi-agency collaboration created to address emotional and behavioral problems of students which negatively impact success in academics and personal growth.  It is a partnership comprised of Hampton City Schools, Hampton Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Hampton Comprehensive Services Act (CSA), and the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board (H-NNCSB).

CSB counselors are located in the schools to work therapeutically with students and families on a daily basis, but services are also delivered outside of the educational environment.  The multi-tier intervention delivers positive outcomes in student attendance, achievement, behavior, and attachment to school.  In addition, a summer program continues the work with students facilitating services during the summer recess. All efforts promote prevention, recovery, and self-determination for students with or at risk of emotional disturbances or affected by other disabilities.

Gang Involvement Prevention

Gang Prevention:  An Overview of Research and Programs
Responding to Gangs in the School Setting 
Youth Gangs:  An Overview
History of Street Gangs in the United States
Highlights of the 2008 National Youth Gang Survey (Most Recent) 
What Parents Can Do To Prevent Gang Involvement 
Institute for Intergovernmental Research - Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Gangs 
National Gang Center 

Download: A Parent's Quick Reference Guide to Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement also available in Español.


Attendance Resources/HERE Initiative

HERE! Attendance Contract
Attendance on a daily basis is a mandatory requirement of all students.  To assist Hampton City Schools families with becoming familiar with the attendance expectations for elementary, middle, and high school, parents and children are required to sign the HERE! Attendance Contracts.  This is just to ensure that the expectations and legal responsibilities are understood.  Please select the appropriate link for your child’s grade level to view or obtain a copy of the contract. Elementary Contract | Secondary Contract

Hampton’s HERE! Initiative Tips

If your child is going to be absent from school, as his/her parent/guardian, please:

  • Call school and inform attendance clerk that your child will not be attending school that day and provide an explanation.
  • Be sure to contact school each morning your child will be absent.
  • Upon your child returning to school, provide him/her with a note to excuse absences (save a copy for yourself for verification that note was submitted).  The note should include date(s) of absences, name of child, and reason for absences.
  • If the attendance clerk is unavailable, leave a message stating: name of child, grade level, and explanation for absence.
  • If you are aware of scheduled appointments for your child (i.e., medical, dental, etc.) in advance that will take place during school hours, inform and provide documentation to the attendance clerk ahead of time or when your child returns to school.  
  • If you know ahead of time your child will be out of school for two or more days due to medical reasons, death in the family, etc. keep contacting the school until you can speak to someone directly and receive instruction on how to (receive) excused absences.
  • Vacations are not excused absences.
  • Only five parent notes will be accepted to excuse absences.  Beyond this, medical or other documentation will need to be submitted.

Research shows that…

  • Truancy is a primary risk factor for
    • potential delinquent activity
    • social isolation
    • teen pregnancy
    • substance abuse
    • educational failure
    • dropping out
  • Attendance problems often occur in urban settings among students from low-income families.
  • Truancy and absenteeism are especially problematic for special education students.

Additional information can be accessed from your local school administrators.

Homebound Options (Application)
We realize that extenuating circumstances may occur that would make participating in a traditional school setting difficult for a child.  To qualify for homebound services, please review eligibility requirements in the Extended Services/Homebound Handbook

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
This Act ensures educational rights and protection for youth and children experiencing homelessness.

Empowerment Through Healing Ourselves
Ethos is a mental health organization serving children, adolescents, and adults.

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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.