Benefits and Retirement

New Hire Benefits Presentation

2019 New Hire Benefits Presentation

Click here for:  PPS CDHPs and HSAs_Training

Click here:  More Information About Health Savings Accounts (FAQs)

Click here:  Five Advantages of Health Savings Accounts

2019 Employee Benefits Guide

Portsmouth Public Schools Employee Benefits Guide
Effective January 1, 2019

Optima Health Logo

PPS offers medical insurance through 
Optima Health

Click here to visit Optima's Website for detailed
PPS health and dental information.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Click here for EAP's Website -- Username is "PPS"
If you have questions about Optima's EAP Website, or other Optima EAP services, contact 757-363-6777, or
1-800-899-8174 (toll-free).

Click here for EAP Flyer

Click here to view, "USI Presentation - Optima's Value Added

Delta Dental      Portsmouth Public Schools offers dental insurance through Deltal Dental of Virginia.

Click here for Delta Dental Website

Click here for PPS Optima and Delta Dental Website

 VRS Logo     All full-time employees are automatically enrolled in the VRS.  For specific information regarding plans, forms, member profiles, retirement calculators, and much more, please visit the VRS Website.  Click here for Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Website 

Portsmouth School Board pays 100% of the premium of the employee group life insurance.  The cost of coverage in excess of $50,000 is taxable to the employee.  Click here to visit Minnesota Life - Employee Group Life Insurance

Optional life insurance is available for self, spouse and children.
Employee pays the full premium for optional life insurance.
Click here for Optional Life Insurance (Website-Minnesota Life)

 VALIC Logo    

VALIC Website Link:  Click Here
VALIC Contact:
Tim Hewitt, Financial Advisor
110 Kingsley Lane, Suite 414
Norfolk, VA  23505
Office:  804-897-5042
Cell:  757-650-1319
Fax:  844-663-5224

Click for: VALIC 403b & 457b Plan Highlights (includes how to enroll online)
Click for: VALIC Retirement Manager (Video)

Click for: VALIC Retirement Manager Guide

PPS Logo     
PPS also provides:
  • Sick Leave (earned on a monthly basis)
  • Personal Leave
  • Professional Leave
  • Qualified employees receive a monetary contribution to offset the cost of health insurance in retirement until they become eligible for Medicare.
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    Click here for Legal Resources Website
Click here for Important Information and Links

Workers' Compensation Art


Click here for U.S. Department of Labor Website

Click here for Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission Website

Click to view presentation  "For Employees: What to do when an illness/accident occurs"

First Injury Report
:  Employees to contact Company Nurse
Telephone:  1-888-770-0925 
(For instructions, see the presentation, "What to do when an illness/accident

Click here for Medical Panel & Medical Treatment Form

Click here for Temporary Prescription I.D. Card

Workers' Compensation related inquiries, please contact:

Latisha Russell, Compliance Officer
Portsmouth Public Schools
Human Resources Dept
801 Crawford Street, 3rd Fl
Portsmouth, VA  23704
Ph:  757-393-8701  ext 14167
Fax:  757-393-5238

 Click here for Department of Human Resources Website 

 Benefits & Retirement Contact
Sharon Plummer, Benefits Supervisor
Ph:  757-393-8488, ext 14148
Fax:  757-393-8017
Anita Bishop
Administrative Support Technician-Benefits
Ph:  757-393-8488 ext 14155
Fax:  757-393-8017

Street Address
Portsmouth Public Schools
Finance Department
Benefits and Retirement
801 Crawford Street, 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, VA  23704-0998
Mailing Address
Portsmouth Public Schools
Finance Department
Benefits and Retirement
Post Office Box 998
Portsmouth, VA  23705-0998