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COVID-19 Information

Newport News Public Schools is committed to the health and wellbeing of all students and staff.

Before any student could return to in-person instruction, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) required each school division to develop a health plan. The NNPS health plan includes daily self-health screenings; communication with staff, students and families; mitigation behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19; and the use of face covering and social distancing.

Each NNPS staff member is required to conduct a self-assessment/health screening each day before reporting to work. When students are scheduled to return to school, all parents/guardians will be required to conduct a health screening of their child each before the child reports to school or boards a school bus.

All staff and students are required to wear a face covering while inside the building. Students must also wear face coverings while riding the school bus. Disposable masks will be available for employees and students who report to work or arrive at school without their own face covering.

Newport News Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard

Return to Learn Metrics

Newport News Public Schools will implement its Return to Learn Plan based on the status of COVID-19 community transmission, positivity rates within Newport News Public Schools and the school division’s ability to provide in-person instruction and other activities. 

The health metrics provided below will be updated weekly based on data from the Virginia Department of Health, which evaluates statistics for two weeks to identify reliable trends. Newport News Public Schools monitors Eastern region, Peninsula and Newport News transmission data.

If regional or community health conditions enter the Highest Risk category at any time, NNPS in consultation with the Peninsula Health District will pause at the current Return to Learn implementation phase and delay any increased participation in in-person instruction. School operations will continue with an increased emphasis on safety measures, self-screening and cleaning.

The chart below indicates a two-week trend mark provided by the Peninsula Health District, and therefore will not necessarily align to the daily updates on the VDH school metrics website.

(Data as of November 25, 2020.)

INDICATORS
Lowest
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Lower
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Moderate
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Higher
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Highest
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Core Indicators

More information Number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days*
<5
5 to <20
20 to <50
50 to ≤200
>200
Eastern Region
Peninsula
Newport News
More information Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days**
<3%
3% to <5%
5% to <8%
8% to ≤10%
>10%
Eastern Region
Peninsula
Newport News
More information Ability of NNPS to implement 5 key mitigation strategies.
Implemented all 5 strategies correctly and consistently
Implemented all 5 strategies correctly but inconsistently
Implemented 3-4 strategies correctly and consistently
Implemented 1-2 strategies correctly and consistently
Implemented no strategies
Newport News Public Schools
Transmission Rate Key Code:
= Decreasing
= Fluctuating
= Increasing

The CDC has determined that consistent implementation of the five safety measures will lower the risk of exposure to the SARS Coronavirus:

  1. Social Distancing (recommended 6 foot separation)
  2. Wearing of face coverings and instruction on respiratory etiquette
  3. Hand-washing
  4. Sanitizing and frequent cleaning of surface areas
  5. Contact tracing protocols and tracking

If health metrics are within the following risk categories

LOWEST
LOWER
MODERATE
HIGHER

NNPS will ensure the following:

VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

Virtual Instruction will remain available for all students.

HYBRID IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

On October 6, 2020, the NNPS School Board approved a phased model for students to transition to in-person instruction.

A phased approach to in-person instruction is permitted under these conditions.

STUDENT ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES

Student athletics and practice is permitted. Schools are required to develop and communicate safety procedures prior to beginning any activities.

The Virginia High School League winter sports season begins on December 7, 2020.

Student clubs and are encouraged to meet virtually. Student in-person events will require building level approval and a safety plan.

SAFETY MONITORING/REPORTING

COVID Dashboard: A school division COVID Dashboard will provide updated information on Eastern Region, Peninsula and Newport News data. The dashboard will also identify staff and student infections at the division and school level.

Daily Pre-Screening: Staff and students will be required to complete a daily COVID-19 Self-Screening Checklist prior to arrival at school or work.

Any positive COVID-19 cases will be reported to the NNPS COVID Response Team. Any staff or student who has been in close contact with the individual will be asked to immediately quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test between days 5-7 of their quarantine.

The Virginia Health Department and the Peninsula Health District will be contacted for additional guidance.

If health metrics are within the following risk category

HIGHEST

NNPS will ensure the following:

VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

Virtual Instruction will remain available for all students.

HYBRID IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

When Eastern Region, Peninsula or Newport News COVID-19 Health Metrics are in the Highest Risk category, the following measures will be immediately implemented:

  1. Classes that are already meeting in person will continue to meet until further notice.
  2. Expansion of planned phases for expanding hybrid in-person instruction will be on hold until further notice.

STUDENT ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES

Once sports seasons begin, students will be permitted to continue to practice.

Safety protocols and expectations will be reviewed with student-athletes and parents to ensure proper adherence to safety measures.

Restrictions or cancellation of team competitions may occur through the Virginia High School League at any time. 

NNPS will work with surrounding school divisions to ensure that consistent safety measures are in place for out of district events.

SAFETY MONITORING/REPORTING

The CDC has determined that a consistent implementation of safety mitigation procedures is necessary to lower the risk of transmission of the SARS Coronavirus in schools.

Therefore, NNPS is committed to providing the necessary training for school personnel and students; personal protective equipment; cleaning supplies and cleaning staff necessary to ensure that school buildings remain safe for daily usage.

Staff and students will be reminded of on campus safety protocols to include the five CDC safety mitigation procedures:

  1. Social Distancing (recommended 6 foot separation)
  2. Wearing of face coverings and instruction on respiratory etiquette
  3. Hand-washing
  4. Sanitizing and frequent cleaning of surface areas
  5. Contact tracing protocols and tracking

NNPS COVID Statistics (since September 8, 2020)

Employees

n/a

Staff Working On-site

0

Staff Positive COVID-19 Tests

Students

0

Students On-site

0

Student Positive COVID-19 Tests

Data by School/Location (click here)
Location Staff Positive Students Positive Most Recent Reported Case
Admin Building 2 11/20
Operations 6 11/12
Staff Support (SSC)
Denbigh ECC
Lee Hall ECC
Marshall ELC 1 9/8
Watkins ECC
Gatewood PEEP
Achievable Dream Academy
Carver Elementary
Charles Elementary 1 9/16
Deer Park Elementary
Discovery STEM 1 10/22
Dutrow Elementary 1 9/11
Epes Elementary
Gen. Stanford Elementary
Greenwood Elementary 1 9/6
Hidenwood Elementary
Hilton Elementary 1 11/15
Jenkins Elementary
Kiln Creek Elementary
Lee Hall Elementary
McIntosh Elementary
Nelson Elementary 1 11/5
Newsome Park Elementary
Palmer Elementary
Richneck Elementary 2 11/14
Riverside Elementary
Sanford Elementary
Saunders Elementary 2 9/28
Sedgefield Elementary
Yates Elementary 1 11/17
Ach. Dream Middle & High
Crittenden Middle
Dozier Middle
Gildersleeve Middle
Hines Middle
Huntington Middle
Passage Middle
BT Washington Middle
Denbigh High
Heritage High 2 11/15
Menchville High
Warwick High
Woodside High 1 10/27
Aviation Academy
Enterprise Academy
Juvenile Detention
New Horizons
Point Option
Telecomm (NNPS-TV)
So. Morrison Learning Center
Denbigh Learning Center

When a Suspected Student COVID-19 Case is Reported
Sample COVID-19 Notification Letter

Key Mitigation Strategies Implemented at All Schools

NNPS has implemented the following mitigation measures to ensure the safety of staff and students:

  • Daily COVID-19 Symptom Self-Screening (required for all staff and students)
  • Consistent use of masks in all building and on school buses
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Student cohorts wherever possible (to support reduced interactions)
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Consistent cleaning and disinfection
  • Air purification systems (where HVAC systems do not meet current ASHRAE standards)
  • In-classroom health stations (cleaning supplies, hand-sanitizer, hand soap, disinfectant wipes and masks)
  • Desk shields for use with small group instruction
  • PPE for staff where needed (face shields, gloves, gowns)
  • COVID-19 isolation and parent/guardian pickup room
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with local health district
  • Encouraging students and staff to receive the flu vaccine

Health & Safety

The NNPS health plan addresses daily health screenings, physical distancing on buses and in classrooms, social distancing; cleaning and disinfecting, the use of face coverings; and restricts mixing groups of students, large gatherings and the use of communal spaces (cafeterias, gyms, auditoriums).

Health & Safety FAQ

Student, Staff & Visitor Self-Screening Questionnaires: Staff, students and visitors must conduct a self-screening questionnaire before coming to school or reporting to their worksite.


Return to Learn Plan

The health, wellbeing and safety of our students and staff is paramount and served as the guiding principle for the Return to Learn Plan. Newport News Public Schools aligned its operations in accordance with the reopening guidelines outlined by the CDC, the VDH, and the Virginia Department of Education's School Reopening Guidelines.

A revised NNPS Return to Learn Plan is forthcoming.

Protect Yourself and Others, click for more information from the CDC