Why is SPS Going Virtual?

"Since the middle of June 2020, the average reported cases of Covid-19 in Virginia has been on the rise, and on July 28, 2020, Governor Northam announced renewed restrictions for Hampton Roads," Dr. John B. Gordon, III, Division Superintendent





COVID-19 rates indicating why SPS is starting the Fall with virtual learning


*High (red) burden indicates all online learning.

Moderate (orange) burden indicates hybrid learning.

Low burden (yellow) or no burden (green) would indicate returning to normal schedule.

Data will be reviewed at the midway point of each nine weeks to begin planning.


Data was provided by the Virginia Department of Health to aid in making decisions regarding the opening/closure of schools during the continued pandemic.  SPS was advised to follow two specific metrics to determine when the students could safely return to our schools. The two metrics are number of daily cases per 100,000 and percentage of positive cases per day. We are interested in looking not only at the current data for the City of Suffolk but also for the Eastern Region as many of our staff reside in the surrounding counties/cities and many parents work outside of the city.  

The VDH assigned color coding to the graphics based on the level of burden each data point posed to the locality - RED is a substantial threat; ORANGE is a moderate threat; YELLOW is a low threat andGREEN is no threat.  The information below is an example of the data from August 3, 2020.  Note that the data in the circles (cases per 100,000 and percent positivity) are daily figures, in our assignment of what constitutes online only, hybrid, or face-to-face learning the focus is on weekly numbers.



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