Emergency Information

2020 Pandemic Response Plan

Letter from the Superintendent - Fri., May 8, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - Fri., April 10, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - Fri., March 27, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - Wed., March 18, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - Mon., March 16, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - Fri., March 13, 2020
Letter from the Superintendent - Mon., March 2, 2020
*More general information about the Coronavirus can be found on the Student Health page.*

*You can find details on meal distribution and bus routes HERE*
*Find details on continuity of learning HERE*

Last Call - Student Item Pick-up

Suffolk Public Schools is providing one last opportunity for students to come and pick up any items that may still remain at school including medications, personal belongings, or any other school supplies.

At the elementary level, families will be able to pick-up these items on Tuesday, May 5th, and Wednesday, May 6th by appointment only. Please contact your respective school on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to set up your appointment.

At the secondary level, families will be able to pick up these items during the week of May 4th-May 8th by appointment only. Please contact your respective school to set up your appointment.

SPS School Closure Update - Friday, March 27, 11:30 a.m.

Since Governor Northam announced all Virginia Schools to close for the remainder of the year, we know that our parents, students, and staff have all had questions regarding how this will closure will impact us as a division. Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon III, division sent out a letter via email (and can also be found above) to provide instructional plans moving forward, and to answer many of your questions regarding the following topics:

- Food Distribution 

- Instructional Planning

- Teacher Office Hours

- Report Cards and Revision of Calendar

- Continuity of Learning

- Standards of Learning Assessments

- Advanced Placement, IB Exams and Dual Enrollment

- Project Lead the Way, IB, Gifted Education

- Retrieval of Teacher, Faculty, Staff, and Student Belongings

- Graduation and End of the Year Activities 

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.
Pandemic Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families

- Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store or if stores are out of supplies, it will be essential for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.

- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

- Become a Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.

- Please get involved in your community as it works to prepare for a pandemic.

***Click to find additional checklist items.***

Updated Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

How can students receive refunds from School Bucks, the online pre-payment option for student meal accounts?
Since the 2019-20 School Year has ended, we will not be accepting online meal payments until the next school year begins. You may mail payments to Food & Nutrition Services 119 Forest Glen Drive, Suffolk, VA 23434. If your student is graduating this year or you desire a refund, please contact Food & Nutrition Services at 757-925-5789. You may email KelliRandolph@spsk12.net with your child's name and school along with your name and mailing address to request a refund.

Will high school students scheduled to graduate with the Class of 2020 be able to graduate?
Yes. The Virginia Department of Education is providing flexibility through state waivers that would allow all students who are on track to graduate with the Class of 2020 to graduate on time, despite the closure of school. This includes the following situations:

  • Students currently enrolled in a course for which they need a standard or verified credit in order to graduate.
  • Students who have successfully completed a course required for graduation, but have not earned the associated verified credit.
  • Students who have not completed the state-selected test.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in or have previously completed a course leading to a career and technical education credential necessary for a standard diploma but have not yet earned the credential.

Will there still be graduation ceremonies for all SPS high schools and program centers?

Unfortunately it is too soon to answer this question due the current limitations of large group settings. We are exploring other options such as a Virtual graduation, but We will keep you posted as more information is available.
Will students move up to the next grade level? Our school leaders are actively exploring options for how we will close out grades for the 2019-20 school year. We are working toward outcomes that will be fair, equitable and positive for all students. The Virginia Department of Education has provided flexibility to local school divisions as it relates to promotion to the next grade.

At our school board meeting on April 9, 2020, we will also present potential grading options for our Virtual Nine weeks, including a pass/fail option.We expect to send a separate communication with more details as soon as possible.

Will students receive report cards?
Please see the Superintendent's letter from APRIL 10.

How will students grades be impacted for the remainder of the school year?

Please see the Superintendent's letter from APRIL 10.

My child is in elementary school. Why did he/she receive scholastic books for the current and previous grade, instead of their upcoming grade?
Please view the Elementary Instruction FAQs

How will students know if they are accepted into Project Lead the Way, IB  or Gifted Education?

Suffolk Public Schools has received inquiries on the status of candidates for entrance into our Project Lead the Way specialty programs at Lakeland and Nansemond River High Schools, and the International Baccalaureate Program at King’s Fork High School. Admission notification letters will be mailed on April 10, 2020. Elementary gifted students will receive enrichment activities from their school gifted resource teachers virtually. Parents may contact their school’s gifted resource teacher for more information. We will determine a date later this summer for district screening for gifted education.

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. 


How Will SPS Continue Teaching and Instruction?

Instructional packets went home with elementary students on Friday, March 13, 2020 (which have now been replaced with instructional material from scholastic). 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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