Coronavirus Information and Updates

UPDATE: The Governor of Virginia has declared that all schools in the Commonwealth, including Portsmouth Public Schools, shall be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, in an effort to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Any child who is in need of meals can receive breakfast and lunch through the division’s feeding program. Any child, 18 and under, can come to Churchland Middle School, I.C. Norcom High School or Wilson High School from 10 a.m to noon and pick up both breakfast and lunch. 

Families can also visit the meal pickup sites and pick up instructional packets that have been prepared for each grade level and each core content area. These packets will help continue instruction for the remainder of this academic school year.

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As you have seen in media reports, the COVID-19 infection (referred to as the Coronavirus) has continued to spread worldwide, including cases in the United States and now in Portsmouth. 

As a school division, PPS works closely with both the local and state Health Department. In addition, staff has been monitoring all reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of any new updates regarding the Coronavirus.

According to the CDC, at this stage, students are unlikely to be exposed to the virus, and the immediate risk of the Coronavirus is low. In fact, statistically speaking, as of right now, students are more likely to catch the flu than the Coronavirus. Consequently, the Portsmouth Public Schools Office of Health Services recommends families remain as vigilant and proactive as possible in maintaining the same best practices for overall health as they would for any flu season:

  • Thorough and frequent washing of hands (with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds); hand sanitizers have been deemed not to be as effective when compared to rigorous hand-washing.
  • Routinely disinfect commonly used surfaces and objects
  • Keep your hands from touching your eyes, nose or mouth throughout the day – especially hands that have not been recently washed
  • Sneezing directly into the bend of your elbow (covering your nose and mouth) instead of into your hands
  • Once school returns, if your child has any flu-like symptoms (including but not limited to fever, aches and pains or cough), keep your child at home until symptoms subside or has been cleared by a medical professional.

For more information about the Coronavirus, please see more information from both the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.

To learn more about the division's work to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, you can access the PPS Pandemic Plan here.

When schools return, if you have questions about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school directly. If you also have concerns about schools’ preventative efforts regarding the Coronavirus, please contact the PPS Office of Health Services at 757-393-8661. 

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