Coronavirus Facts & FAQs

Since then, the Coronavirus has been classified as a pandemic from the World Health Organization, it is imperative that Suffolk Public Schools ensures that procedures are in place. We are continuing to keep the health and well-being of our students and staff as our highest priority. Suffolk Public Schools, along with our neighboring districts, have collaborated to take proactive measures to stop the spread of the disease, and ensure that all kids are safe.


FAQs - Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2:00 P.M

Will Part-Time Employees be paid during the school closure?
April 10 will include payment for permanent part-time 3,4, and 5-hour cafeteria staff, part-time teacher assistants, part-time custodians, part-time school resource officers, part-time parent resource assistant, part-time nurse assistant, part-time assistant (Teacher Supply Store), priority substitutes (both teacher and bus driver), and long term designated teacher substitutes. 

Will the extended school closure effect Spring Break?
As of our Superintendent's conference call with the Virginia Department of Education on Friday, March 13, no decisions have been made to change Spring Break at this time.

How Will SPS Continue Teaching and Instruction?

Instructional packets went home with elementary students on Friday, March 13, 2020. At the secondary level, we encourage our students to use the SPS connect initiative to participate in learning activities through Google classroom, the Google suite, and additional instructional resources that can be found HERE.

Is It Possible to Have COVID-19 and Remain Asymptomatic?Yes, and if you are infected, you can still transmit the virus with mild to no symptoms. Transmission is greater by air/droplet than on surfaces. However, the risk of transmission still remains when touching contaminated surfaces. 

How Can I Help Prevent the Spread of Illnesses?

We want to remind our community to sanitize frequent touch points (handles, doorknobs, etc. frequently. We are promoting the practice of good hand hygiene and cough etiquette to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection. Suffolk Public Schools asks that you continue to encourage and model this behavior at home. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash bin.

 


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