EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Hampton City Schools lives out its mission statement: In collaboration with our community, Hampton City Schools ensures academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes – with 100% of our schools accredited without conditions
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released school accreditation ratings today, and what a story we have to tell! For the first time in the history of Hampton City Schools, 100% of our schools are accredited without conditions. Everyone in our school division and community is “Hampton Proud” (detailed celebration information below) as VDOE indicates that students in Hampton City Schools have hit the mark in academic achievement, measured by the state’s accountability system.
Our Journey – An Intense Plan of Action:
We certainly have been on a journey. In 2015, 12 schools, or 41% of our schools, earned full accreditation. In 2016, 16 schools, or 55% earned full accreditation. In 2017, 19 schools, or 66% of our schools earned full accreditation. For 2018, the division showed considerable improvement but fell short with 27 of our 29 schools, or 93%, earning accreditation without conditions. Today’s release by VDOE confirms that all 29 of our schools are accredited (detailed accreditation information below) without conditions, representing 100% of the division’s schools.
At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, the school division implemented an intense accreditation plan of action, which includes a system of differentiated support to schools based on the assessment data. The Division also added a literacy program that focuses on literacy development from birth to postsecondary. Additionally, the Division has worked to enhance the curriculum and better align the assessment program with the curriculum, rewriting 183 curricula. Professional Development has been directly aligned with a laser focus on the curriculum and the delivery of the curriculum. The Division developed an internal data system to track student performance, attendance, discipline and a variety of measures in real-time. We have also focused on on-time graduation rates and student attendance. In addition, there has been a strategic focus on school climate and culture.
Superintendent Jeffery Smith states, “Over the past four years, we have completely redesigned our instructional program and student progress monitoring data systems as we built from places of strength. I offer my congratulations and appreciation to our students, staff members, parents, and our community partners. It remains a pleasure to serve this community and to work alongside such dedicated individuals. We certainly have a lot to celebrate. We are one division with one transformation and our focus is that of continuous improvement as we maintain high expectations.”
A Systems Approach & Community Collaboration:
The Division recognizes the importance of a systems approach to ensure equity across all schools and has spent the past four years focused on a systems approach. In addition to our intense plan of action, our community has been an integral part of our progress. HCS has certainly worked in collaboration with our community (our mission statement) and the success of our students is due in part to our strong community partnerships. These partnerships validate our belief that our young people can and do succeed. Our community is “Hampton Proud” and is celebrating the success of our students and teachers in many unique ways throughout the city of Hampton.
“Hampton Proud” - Our Community Celebration:
Our community members and partners have been an integral part of our progress. With today’s release, our community is proudly displaying yard signs throughout the city touting the Division’s accreditation. Hampton’s Coliseum, City Hall, and the Hampton Convention Center are lighting up each night in blue and white for the next two weeks. The city is placing the accreditation status on electronic billboards along interstates 64 and 664. The city’s department of Parks & Recreation is running the accreditation message on their electronic marquees and banners have been placed at Darling Stadium, City Hall, Ruppert Sargent Building, and Old Point National Bank. An air banner will fly above the city of Hampton from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 30, compliments of Greg Garrett (alumni) with Garrett Realty Partners, Boo Williams (alumni), NFL Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson (alumni), and Mario Stellute with The Stellute Law Firm.
Thanks to the generous support of ABM, American Facilities Services (AFS), Warwick Mechanical Group, Siemens, Delta Graphic, Patrick’s Glass, Patrick’s Hardware & Paint, Alternative Roofing Solutions (ARS), Goodman Glass, Kingmor Supply Inc., The Tile Shop, State Electric Supply Co., and Centennial Contractors Enterprises, every Hampton City Schools employee is receiving a #WeAreHCS Hampton City Schools 100% Accredited t-shirt which will be worn divisionwide on Tuesday, October 1, and all of our students will celebrate with a healthy treat. In addition, all employees at our 32 schools/sites will enjoy cookies compliments of Chick-fil-A on Mercury Blvd., Hampton.
“I am so proud to be a part of Hampton City Schools,” shares School Board Chair Ann Cherry. “The Board recognizes that it has not only taken the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, administrators, and superintendent, but also the commitment and dedication of our community to reach this point where we can say that all of our schools are fully accredited. It truly is an exciting time for the city of Hampton. We look forward to continuing our focus on every child’s success.”
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 WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
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, email@example.com.
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.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, email@example.com and/or the Director of Graphics, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.