Partial government shutdown poses no immediate impact to NNPS

Posted: January 23, 2019

The partial shutdown of the federal government will not impact instruction or the day-to-day operations of Newport News Public Schools. Various agencies have been impacted by the lapse in federal funding, but the U.S. Department of Education is funded through September 30, 2019 and is not at risk of shutting down in the short term. According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Lane, federal fiscal year 2019 grants from the U.S. Department of Education are expected to be received by Virginia on schedule this summer.

Funding to support the operation of the school division (including grant funding) comes from three primary sources - the state (59%), the City of Newport News (34%) and the federal government (7%). NNPS also receives a small amount of revenue from non-resident tuition, and fees and receipts from athletic activities.

School division officials are closely monitoring operations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one of the federal agencies impacted by the partial shutdown. The USDA provides the funding for various child nutrition programs administered by Newport News Public Schools and other school divisions across the country. The USDA announced that claims for reimbursement for child nutrition programs would continue to be processed through March 2019. Should the shutdown continue past March, the NNPS Child Nutrition Services Department would utilize its positive cash balance to continue breakfast and lunch service at all school sites.

NNPS is supportive of families impacted by the shutdown.

  • Thirty-nine school sites offer free breakfast and lunch for all students through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Families affected by the furlough whose students attend non-CEP schools may apply for free/reduced price meals anytime. The application is available on the NNPS Child Nutrition Services website and at all schools.

  • NNPS is extending employment opportunities to furloughed employees. A substitute teacher hiring program recruits parents and caregivers on furlough and connects them with temporary, part-time and full-time employment. The first Federal Employee Substitute Teacher Job Fair was held on Wednesday, January 23. Over 60 furloughed employees attended the job fair and dozens will receive employment offers from NNPS.

  • NNPS staff including Family Engagement Specialists, School Counselors and Social Workers are actively connecting families affected by the shutdown with local community services and resources.

NNPS staff, students and families are assisting our friends and neighbors impacted by the partial government shutdown. Across the district, schools are collecting and distributing food, clothing and other supplies to assist local families.