Newport News Public Schools – Update March 2022

Newport News Public Schools boasts a Purple Star School

The Newport News School Board recognized administrators and members of the General Stanford Elementary faculty and staff upon receiving a Purple Star award from the Virginia Department of Education. The school earned the accolade for its support of military-connected students and their families.

General Stanford Elementary, located inside the gates of Fort Eustis in Newport News, is a 2021– 22 Purple Star School.

The Virginia Department of Education awards this designation to schools that meet high standards for service to military-connected students and their families. 

To be named a Purple Star school, there must be a staff member who has completed Virginia Department of Education training in meeting the needs of military students and serves as a point of contact for their families. Purple Star schools must offer online information specifically designed for military families and must offer new students peer support to ease their transition.

For one of its schools to be awarded the Purple Star, the school system must also demonstrate its support for military families. In September, the Newport News School Board passed a resolution committing to support the approximately 6,500 military-connected students in the school system through on-going professional development for teachers to prepare them to best meet the needs of this population and through focused communication to keep these families informed of the school and community resources available to them.

General Stanford Elementary will enjoy its status as a Purple Star school for three years.

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