School Health Service

Lynchburg City Schools has a full-time Nurse Coordinator, a full-time RN in each High School and Middle School, a full-time Health Assistant in each Elementary School, and a full-time RN at the Laurel Regional Program and Hutcherson Early Learning Center. The school division works in collaboration with the Lynchburg Health Department to offer special services for students, such as the 3rd grade Dental Program and the 5th grade Hepatitis B shot series. Every school building has at least two staff members trained in CPR and in diabetic emergency care.

School Health Advisory Board

The board is appointed by the Lynchburg City School Board. The board advises the school division on aspects of the school health program and student health issues.

Truancy

Lynchburg City Schools has a Truancy Center located at Opportunity House, 1517 Jackson Street. The Truancy Center is staffed with three Lynchburg City School employees who accept truancy referrals from the individual schools and process the cases to the court. An Interagency Truancy Review Team is in place to review truancy cases and write recommendations for the Juvenile Court. Truancy Center phone number: (434) 455-4003 Report truant students during school hours: 847-1602 (Police non-emergency phone number).

Learnfare

Lynchburg City Schools' Truancy Center staff works with the Lynchburg Department of Human Services to monitor "learnfare" cases. The code of Virginia requires families who receive assistance (TANF) have their children attend school regularly.

S.R.O.

Each high school has a full time School Resource Officer (SRO). The police officer is in the school building to promote school safety among students and as a resource to the faculty and staff.

Case Management

Lynchburg City Schools’ Division Case Manager provides assistance to students and families in Pre-K through 12th grade with the implementation of interventions and supportive services within the school, home, and community settings. Case management encompasses collaboration with residential facilities and mental health agencies regarding hospitalization, crisis stabilization, and intervention of students while ensuring appropriate integration back into school and the success of every student. Case management also includes linking families to mental health services and community supports, serving on the elementary and secondary alternative education placement teams, and oversight of therapeutic day treatment and outpatient service provision.

Lynchburg City Schools contracts with National Counseling Group to provide therapeutic day treatment and outpatient services to students in Pre-K through 12th grade, as qualified by insurance or separately secured funding. Families can be referred for additional services through additional local agencies.

National Counseling Group (NCG)
201 Archway Ct. 
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Phone Number (To request an assessment for services): 1 (877) 566-9624

For the 2020-2021 school year, Lynchburg City Schools provides three alternative options for students:

  • Transition Classrooms at Sheffield (K-5)
  • Fort Hill Community School (6-12)
  • Empowerment Academy (9-12)

Jessica Ripley
Division Case Manager
Phone: (434) 455-6232
ripleyjd@lcsedu.net

Elementary School Reassignment

A parent/guardian may request an alternative school assignment for elementary students if there is a documented hardship involving a working parent/guardian and the need for child care services. No such provisions are made for reassignment of middle or high school students. Refer to school board policy 7-12.

Resident Employee Request for School Placement

A parent or guardian who is a resident of the City of Lynchburg and an employee of the Lynchburg City Schools may enroll or request a transfer of their child to another school in the division. Approval of any request is discretionary and based upon the principal’s recommendation and availability of space in the new school. School reassignments will be valid for a period of one year. Parent/guardian employees must reapply for consideration annually.

Parent/guardian employees must insure that students maintain good attendance as well as consistently arrive and depart school according to the published hours of operation for schools. Reassignments may be revoked for students who experience issues related to truancy; including, but not limited to, excessive absences, tardies, or early dismissals, and repeated late pick-ups from school and the child/children may be required to attend the school serving the legal residence of the parent/guardian.

Non-Resident Student Tuition

The Lynchburg School Board annually sets a tuition rate for non-resident students to attend the Lynchburg City Schools. The tuition rate is approximately the amount spent from local tax funds for the education of one student for one year. Click here for more information about non-resident student tuition.

Home Instruction (Home School)

As required by the compulsory attendance statutes in the State Code of Virginia, children who will have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30 of any school year and who have not passed the eighteenth birthday are required to attend school during the period of each year the public schools are in session. Parents with children between the stated ages may elect to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance if they satisfy the requirements as outlined in 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia. Refer to Lynchburg City School Board Policies 7-11 and 7-11.2 as well as §22.1-254 of the Code of Virginia.

Counseling Program

The Lynchburg City School Board affirms that parents are the student's first teachers and that the public schools should serve to strengthen family and parental support. Counseling programs are designed to provide academic, career, and person/social counseling. No student will be required to participate in any counseling program to which the student's parents object. Refer to Lynchburg School Board Policy 6-53.

Discipline

The Lynchburg City School Board has high expectations for students' behavior in school and at school events. Good discipline must be maintained in order for instruction to be delivered thereby optimizing the potential for all students to learn and achieve academically. When the rules and regulations for student conduct are violated, students are subject to disciplinary sanctions, which may include but not be limited to suspensions, alternative education placements, and expulsions, as outlined in school board policies and regulations. Appeals of student suspensions may be available in certain circumstances. Parents may contact the Director of Student Services to determine if an appeal may be granted. Refer to discipline policies and regulations in Section 7 of the Lynchburg City School Board Policy Manual.

Bullying

"Bullying" means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. "Bullying" includes cyber bullying. "Bullying" does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument or peer conflict. Refer to 22.1-276.01 Code of Virginia.
 
Lynchburg City Schools Standards of Student Conduct (Policy JFC-R) states the following: A student, either individually or as a part of a group, shall not bully others either in person or by the use of any communication technology including computer systems, telephones, pagers, or instant messaging systems. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, physical, verbal, or written intimidation, taunting, name-calling, and insults and any combination of prohibited activities. The principal shall notify the parent of any student involved in an alleged incident of bullying, as defined herein, of the status of any investigation within five school days of the allegation of bullying. Refer to Standards of Student Conduct Policy JFC-R.

Each student has the right to expect an educational environment in which he or she can strive to achieve his or her intellectual potential. The student is expected to be diligent in his/her studies and conduct him/herself in such a way that the rights and privileges of others are not violated. The student is expected to accept and demonstrate the obligation of good citizenship to help prevent problems from happening and help solve problems if they occur. All parents are expected to assume responsibility for the student's behavior and assist the school in enforcing the Standards of Student Conduct. 

Please contact your school counselor and school principal/administrator to report bullying or use the Speak Up for Safety tip line (see below). 

Speak Up for Safety Tip Line

SpeakUp for Safety tip line provides a simple way for students to easily and confidentially report threats of violence, bullying, peers in crisis, and other imminent threats. Students can email, call, or text to speakup@lcsedu.net or (434) 300-2230. 

The tip line is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by trained safety representatives. A representative will send an email regarding non-life-threatening items to designated school or division staff members. In severe situations, division-appointed contacts are notified immediately. In the most imminent cases, law enforcement will be contacted to intervene if the tip line representative is unable to notify a division-appointed contact.

Military Family Resources

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with a number of military authorities, provides resources concerning children of mobilized military personnel for families and educators. Click here for more information.

Immigration Resources

We recognize that our students are struggling with the uncertainties and fears in our society regarding immigration. It is our goal and our obligation under the law to ensure that our schools are safe places where a student’s race, ethnicity, religion and immigration status do not create any barriers to that child’s education.

To assist in this goal we want to share answers and provide resources regarding immigration status and our commitment to protect students from discrimination and harassment. Immigration Resources Page

 

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