School Board Approves Substitute Pay Increase

Substitute teachers, bus drivers and nurses are in high demand across Virginia and the U.S. to cover short and long-term staff absences and provide continuity for students.

Recognizing that these high-demand roles make a significant impact on school operations and ultimately, the education of WJCC students, the school board voted to approve a pay increase effective January 1, 2023 through the end of the school year.

A new rate was also added: Certified teachers who substitute in the classroom will earn $200 daily. WJCC Schools is excited to add more former teachers to its substitute pool to enhance the work of our substitute educators.

PositionPrior RateJan. 1 – June 30 Rate
Teacher and Nurse, 1-10 consecutive days$90/day$110/day
Teacher and Nurse, 11-20 consecutive days$110/day$125/day
Teacher and Nurse, 21-89 consecutive days$115/day$145/day
Teacher, Long-Term Sub$125/day$145/day
Certified teacher, any length$200/day
Bus Driver$14/hour$15.77/hour
Celebrate Our Teachers of the Year!

Amazing teachers make WJCC Schools a great place to grow and learn! Please help us thank all WJCC Schools teachers who encourage, inspire and elevate your children daily. Help us especially recognize and celebrate our 2023 Teachers of the Year. Learn more about this amazing group of educators and teacher leaders by visiting this web page!

Celebrate Our Heroes of Hope and Nominate Our Next Honorees!

Join us as we celebrate our most recent Heroes of Hope! Watch to learn more about these amazing staff members who make WJCC Schools better every day.

  • Chris Eames from Jamestown High
  • Ella Knight from Warhill High
  • Valerie Smith from Lafayette High

Visit our Heroes of Hope page learn more about past honorees and submit your own nomination!

Advocate for WJCC Schools

WJCC Schools is committed to exploring and advocating for additional funding streams to support our students and community. In the coming weeks, members of the School Board, City Council, and County Board of Supervisors will meet with state elected officials to advocate for increased state funding. Review these legislative priorities and call on your elected officials to increase state funding to WJCC Schools.

Full-time virtual learning for 2023-2024

Interested and qualified students may enroll in full-time virtual learning for the 2023-2024 school year. Beginning next year, full-time virtual learning will be facilitated through Virtual Virginia.

Students who may be successful in a full-time virtual learning environment are self-disciplined, organized, committed, critical thinkers, and computer literate. As younger learners continue to develop these skills, successful elementary-age Virtual Virginia students may need greater adult support to maintain discipline in their studies.

Students who have not been successful in Virtual Virginia or in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy may not be accepted in the 2023-2024 Virtual Virginia program.

Interested families should contact Erika Leckie for a copy of the application. The application deadline is February 3 and decisions will be made and communicated to families by the end of February.

WJCC Schools Career Connections Fair

Get Connected, Get Experience, Get Employed!

February 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Warhill High School

Calling all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students interested in exploring careers, going directly into the workforce after high school, or pursing work-based learning opportunities such as internships or mentorships to participate in next school year. Come talk to hiring managers and employees at companies or organizations in different fields or learn about the military and area career training programs. For more information, contact WJCC Schools Career Coach Sherri Thrift at 757-603-6415 or

Textbook Fair Date Announced

The Textbook Adoption Fair to review texts for the 8th grade Civics and Economics course is scheduled for January 31 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at James Blair Middle School. The books under consideration will be on display in the cafeteria for members of the public to review and complete an evaluation form if they wish. Click here to read more.

Register Now for 2023-24 Courses for Your Rising 6-12th Grade Students

Middle and high school students and their families can register now in StudentVUE for courses students will take during the 2023-2024 school year. Registration is open through February 7 at 4 PM. If you have any questions about your child’s course options or the process, contact your child’s current school counselor.

Sign Up for SHIP Elementary Challenge Clubs by Midnight Sunday, January 22

Elementary Challenge Clubs are open to all third – fifth grade students. Clubs officially run the weeks of February 20 through April 10. To see the clubs offered at your school and sign up either use this form or use the paper registration form that was sent home the first week in January from your child’s school. The paper registration form must be returned to your child’s classroom teacher by Monday, January 23; the deadline to sign up electronically is Sunday, January 22.

Free Tutoring Available to Secondary Students

As first semester ends, secondary students are reminded of the opportunity to participate in free virtual tutoring through FEV Tutor. Students can schedule regular tutoring sessions in advance or access tutoring 24/7, on-demand in a safely monitored, web-based environment. Students access FEV Tutor through Canvas. To learn more, click here.

Course Planning Virtual Resources

Did you miss the Course Planning and Curriculum Fairs this week? Click below to review course information virtually:

Graduation Times Set for Class of 2023

WJCC Schools will recognize our Class of 2023 graduates on June 9, 2023, at the Hampton Coliseum. School ceremony times are:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Warhill High
  • 12:30 p.m. – Jamestown High
  • 4:00 p.m. – Lafayette High

Doors open to ticketed guests one hour before the ceremony begins. Specific ceremony information will be provided closer to the graduation date.

Did you miss the Family Academy – Advanced Pathways Webinar?

A recording of the webinar is available online for those who were unable to attend live. Please visit the Family Academy website to access the recording and related materials.

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Important Dates

  • January 27 – Student Holiday
  • January 27 – WJCC Schools Job Fair
  • January 30 – 3rd Marketing Period Begins
  • February 7 – School Board Work Session, 4:00 PM at School Board & Central Office, Room 300