Educational Plan for 2021-22

At the May 6 meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, school administration presented the division’s Educational Plan for the 2021-22 school year. Highlights of the plan can be found below.

School Schedules and Operations

  • Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, all PPS preK-12 students will return to in-person learning, five days a week, with pre-pandemic bell and bus schedules.

  • PPS will follow all CDC and Health Department guidance regarding physical distancing and health mitigation strategies.

Virtual Learning for 2021-22
Virtual instruction will be available for students in grades K-12. Parents who wish to have their child(ren) participate in virtual learning must provide this completed form to their school’s main office by Tuesday, June 1. Virtual learning will not be in the same format as the students received in 2021-2022. Instead, all instruction, grading and parent/teacher communication will be provided by Virtual Virginia for students who choose to learn virtually. Students must be approved by PPS before registering with Virtual Virginia. It is important to note that Virtual Virginia will operate on a different school calendar than PPS. You can access the Virtual Virginia calendar here

PPS will monitor students’ progress in Virtual Virginia. Students must maintain at least a C average while enrolled in Virtual Virginia. Any student who wishes to return to in-person learning must do so at the end of a grading period (Nov. 9; Jan. 28; or April 5). Only one change will be allowed.

Please note: The PPS Bright Start Preschool Program will only offer in-person learning. There will be no virtual option for preschool students. For more specific questions, see the following information about Virtual Virginia below:

Elementary School (K-5):

  • Students will remain affiliated with the zoned school

  • Students in the K-5 Elementary program are enrolled full-time and must enroll in the full Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and STEM program

  • Student Supply List

  • Synchronous (Live) Instruction –Sample Instructional Schedule

  • Enrollment Fees – There is no cost to the student/family

  • 6th Grade students will be part of the Virtual Virginia Middle School Program

Middle and High Schools:

  • High School Courses – Grades 9 to 12 (English, Math, History/Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Health & PE, World Languages)

  • Middle School Courses – Grades 6 to 8 (English, Math, History/Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Health & PE, World Languages)

  • Recommendations on instructional placement are the responsibility of the student’s school counselor.  Counselors will review prerequisites and make sure students understand the expectations for online courses selected.

  • PPS will provide required textbooks and supplemental materials for Virtual VA courses at no charge to students/parents.

  • Enrollment Fees – There is no cost to the student/family

  • Full-Time Program – Students enrolled in Virtual VA program remain affiliated with the zoned school.  Students may enroll Full-time or as a supplemental enrollment for individual courses. Virtual Virginia offers a full-time program to approximately 200 students each year.

  • Synchronous Instruction – Sample Schedule

  • FAQs

  • Parent Auditor Account – This account will be created upon enrollment and enables parents/guardians to access teacher contact information, monitor student login activity, and view course grades, all within the VVA Student Information System (SIS).


  • Extracurricular activities and athletics will resume to pre-pandemic schedules and operations. Staff is working closely with VHSL and will provide any updates as they are needed.

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