School Divisions Recognized for Meeting Academic, Social and Behavioral Needs of Students
RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Education recognized 25 school divisions last month for their success in implementing the Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS), a systematic approach to meeting the academic, behavioral and social needs of students. The awards were presented on the closing day of the department’s July 24-25 Classrooms not Courtrooms conference in Richmond.
Implementing VTSS requires systemic change at the division, school and classroom levels. VTSS’s evidence-based, system-wide practices provide educators with tools and strategies to address the academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs of students while improving the learning environment and addressing disciplinary issues.
The divisions recognized for their success in improving student outcomes through VTSS are as follows:
- Distinction in Implementation of Integrated Systems — Fauquier County, Northampton County, Orange County, Powhatan County and Prince William County
- Distinction in Implementation of Leadership Team — Frederick County, Hanover County, Pittsylvania County and Warren County
- Distinction in Implementation of Academic Interventions — Northumberland County, Page County and Surry County
- Distinction in Implementation of Behavioral Interventions — Essex County, Madison County, Virginia Beach, Westmoreland County and Williamsburg-James City County
- Distinction in Implementation of Social Emotional Wellness Systems and Supports — Charlottesville, Fairfax County, Montgomery County and Pulaski County
- Distinction in Implementation of VTSS Tier 1 — Accomack County, Greensville County, Prince Edward County and Waynesboro
The awards were presented by Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples and Del. Lamont Bagby of Henrico County. Governor Terry McAuliffe also personally congratulated representatives of each school division.
Bagby was the chief patron of House Bill 1924, which was approved by the 2017 General Assembly and signed by the governor. The bill directs the Board of Education to establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term suspensions.Photographs from the awards presentation are available in an album on the VDOE flickr site.