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Department of Student Services

The Department of Student Services is an integral part of West Point Public Schools. It is responsible for all programs that serve as a support for students and families. We address issues related to homelessness, discipline, truancy, school health, enrollment, early intervention teams, therapeutic day treatment services, and inter-agency support programs.


State Law (§22.1-248) mandated consequences are applied to those absences considered truancies.

If a student is truant five days during the school year, then the parent and child must participate with school officials to develop a plan to resolve the child’s nonattendance. If a sixth truancy occurs during the school year, a conference will be scheduled to resolve issues related to the nonattendance.

Finally, if a seventh truancy occurs during the school year, the law specifies that the school may file a complaint with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court alleging the child is in need of supervision. School personnel are also permitted to institute proceedings in this court against the parent(s) if they refuse to participate in the development of the plan to resolve the child’s truancy (at the fifth truancy) or if the parent refuses to participate in the conference (at the sixth truancy).

Safety or Security Concerns

Students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to report safety concerns as soon as they become aware of a concern.  When possible, we ask that you report actual or suspected threats directly to a school administrator or trusted staff member.

When reporting a concern, please include as much information as possible.  The more information you can provide, the more helpful this will be in resolving the concern.  Try to answer the following questions:

1. What happened?

2. When and where did it happen?

3. Who was involved?  Do you have their name, age, or grade?

Annual Resources for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities (Revised 10/2021)

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State Agencies

  • The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) is located in Staunton, Virginia, and provides a Kindergarten (K)-12 educational day program, outreach services, and residential services exclusively for Virginia students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The VSDB Outreach Services assist early intervention programs, local school divisions, and families in meeting the needs of children with sensory disabilities across the Commonwealth. The VSDB’s admissions policy is available on its website.  

·         Contact: Pat Trice, Superintendent at (540) 332-9000


·         Contact: Caren Phipps, Director of Services for Children and Youth at (804) 625-3972


·         Contact: Eric Raff, Director at (800) 552-7917 V/TTY

Technical Assistance Centers

  • The Accessible Instructional Materials Center-Virginia (AIM-VA) developed an extensive library and alternative system for providing accessible educational media under standards set by federal law to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The AIM-VA, in conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational materials to students and training for school division staff, at no cost to Local Educational Agencies.

·         Contact: AIM-VA Help Desk at (866) 926-1879


§  The Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities (CFI) at Virginia Commonwealth University provides information and training to support children with disabilities, their families, and professionals.

·         Contact: CFI Office at (877) 567-1122 or TTY relay; (800) 828-1120


  • The Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TAC-DHH) provides information, training, and technical assistance pertaining to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Assistance is available to Virginia public school divisions, including early childhood special education and early intervention programs, through the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals (VNOC) Working with Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

·         Contact: Tracey Yurechko, Project Director at (804) 828-1342


§  The Virginia Hearing Aid Loan Bank (HALB) provides hearing aids and FM systems for children in Virginia under age 18 whose hearing loss is confirmed by an audiologist.  Devices are loaned at no cost for up to six months while families/school divisions are waiting for a permanent device to arrive.

·         Contact: Lisa Powley, Coordinator at (866) 596-9367


provides technical assistance, training, distance education, and networking information to service providers and families of children with deaf-blindness/dual sensory disabilities.

·         Contact: Ira Padhye, Project Director at (804) 828-2052

McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures educational rights and protection for youth and children experiencing homelessness.

Who is considered homeless?

Anyone who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless. You qualify if you are:

Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing

Living in a motel, hotel or campground due to economic hardship or lack of housing

Sharing housing with relatives or others due to economic hardship or lack of housing

Living in a car, park, public place, bus or train station or an abandoned building

If a student is found eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act, West Point Public Schools can provide the following services:

Immediate school enrollment Transportation Free meals Referrals to community resources for food, clothing, shelter, etc.

Parents/Guardians who think they may qualify for services under the McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act should contact West Point Public Schools McKinney-Vento Liaison, Aimee Buzek at 804-843-2030 x359 or

Forms are located in the Quick Links section of this webpage under Forms and Plans.

Project HOPE is the office of the State Coordinator for Homeless Education in Virginia. It is located at the College of William and Mary.