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Effective immediately, all employees and students must wear a face mask indoors in all schools and offices regardless of vaccination status. Employees are not required to wear masks in their offices or work area when working alone.


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 student and staff member is required to conduct a self-assessment/health screening each day before reporting to school and work. When students report to school for in-person learning, all parents/guardians are required to conduct a health screening of their child each day before the child reports to school or boards a school bus.

All students and staff are required to wear face masks while inside the building. Face masks must also be worn while on 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.

COVID-19 Response

Newport News Public Schools has created a COVID Response Team to address potential and confirmed positive cases within the school division. When a case or potential case is reported, the COVID Response Team (comprised of the supervisor of health services, the executive director of plant services, the supervisor of custodial services, the supervisor of environmental safety, the coordinator of employee relations, the director of human resources and the chief finance and operations officer) will begin its protocols.

If the employee or student is at work or school when the symptoms appear or the positive case is confirmed, the individual will be isolated from others. Students will be placed in the COVID isolation room until a parent/guardian can pick them up. The school nurse, health services supervisor or NNPS contact tracers will conduct contact tracing and personally notify all close contacts. The Peninsula Health District will be notified, and custodial services will clean and sanitize all areas the ill individual has occupied. The school community (parents and staff) and/or worksite staff where the individual is assigned will be informed of the positive case via email, letter or phone call.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, close contacts will be advised to quarantine and watch for symptoms for 14 days and COVID positive individuals will be advised to isolate for 10 days. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.

Individuals with a positive COVID case may return to work or school after 10 days if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and their other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

CORE INDICATORS (last updated September 24, 2021)

Newport News Public Schools will continue to monitor COVID-19 community transmission. The health metrics provided below will be updated weekly based on data from the Virginia Department of Health, which evaluates statistics for one week to identify reliable trends.

Level of Community Transmission in Newport News
Rate of New Cases per 100,000 Persons

Low
0 - 9.99
Moderate
10 - 49.99
Substantial
50 - 99.99
High
≥100
Newport News
Transmission Level Rate of New Cases per 100,000 Percentage of Positive PCR Tests
High 319.7 12.5%

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 3-6 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

The COVID-19 case data provided below is updated once a week to reflect the positive cases from the previous week. Case data included here is for statistical purposes only and is not meant to serve as official notice of a positive COVID case. When a positive COVID case is reported, the school community (parents and staff) and/or worksite staff where the individual is assigned will be informed of the positive case via email, letter or phone call.

NNPS COVID Statistics* (last updated September 24, 2021)

*Data collected since September 7, 2021

Response and Reporting Protocol
The Health Services Department has identified procedures and actions to respond to the determination of suspected and diagnosed cases of COVID-19, and possible and identified close contacts. These protocols may necessitate waiting for medical/testing confirmation and may identify some unfounded cases and contacts that will not be included on the dashboard.

Positive Cases
Positive case data reflects staff members who are working in an NNPS building and students who are learning or participating in an approved activity in an NNPS building, and are or were in isolation for 10 days due to a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 by a medical provider or positive test.

Please note that dates reflect the day that the individual was classified as meeting the case definition for COVID-19 and not the date an individual became ill.

The COVID-19 case data provided below is updated weekly.

Employees

4,400

Staff Working On-Site

19

Staff Positive COVID-19 Tests

Students

26,427

Students Learning On-Site

168

Student Positive COVID-19 Tests

Cases Confirmed September 13 - 17, 2021 Employees: 9 Students: 79
Current Data by School/Location, Sept. 7, 2021 to Present (click here)
Location Staff Positive Students Positive Most Recent Reported Case
Admin Building    
Operations 2 9/10
Staff Support (SSC) 1 9/7
Denbigh ECC   2 9/10
Lee Hall ECC  
Marshall ELC      
Watkins ECC   1 9/10
Gatewood Bldg. 1 1 9/16
Achievable Dream Academy 1 1 9/16
Carver Elementary 1 2 9/15
Charles Elementary    
Deer Park Elementary 5 9/17
Discovery STEM   5 9/16
Dutrow Elementary   1 9/14
Gen. Stanford Elementary   3 9/13
Greenwood Elementary 3 2 9/17
Hidenwood Elementary      
Hilton Elementary   9 9/16
Jenkins Elementary 1 2 9/13
Katherine Johnson (formerly Lee Hall) 1 1 9/14
Kiln Creek Elementary   8 9/17
knollwood meadows (formerly Nelson)   3 9/17
McIntosh Elementary   4 9/8
Newsome Park Elementary      
Palmer Elementary   5 9/17
Richneck Elementary   4 9/13
Riverside Elementary      
Sanford Elementary   8 9/15
Saunders Elementary 1 2 9/16
Sedgefield Elementary   4 9/17
Stoney Run (formerly Epes) 1 1 9/17
Yates Elementary 1 4 9/15
Ach. Dream Middle & High   7 9/17
Crittenden Middle      
ella fitzgerald (formerly Dozier) 2 17 9/17
Gildersleeve Middle   7 9/17
Hines Middle 1 1 9/14
Huntington Middle 1 1 9/9
Passage Middle 1 6 9/14
BT Washington Middle   5 9/14
Denbigh High/aviation academy 1 7 9/15
Heritage High   10 9/16
Menchville High   12 9/15
Warwick High   7 9/16
Woodside High   7 9/17
Enterprise Academy
Juvenile Detention
New Horizons
Point Option    
Telecomm (NNPS-TV)    
So.Morrison Learning Ctr.    
Denbigh Learning Center
Archived Data by School/Location, Sept. 8, 2020 - Sept. 3, 2021 (click here)
Location Staff Positive Students Positive Most Recent Reported Case
Admin Building 8 8/30
Operations 48 8/30
Staff Support (SSC) 4 3/18
Denbigh ECC 5 6 8/31
Lee Hall ECC 6
Marshall ELC 3 4 7/30
Watkins ECC 5 3 8/13
Gatewood PEEP
Achievable Dream Academy 6 3 5/18
Carver Elementary 1 2 8/10
Charles Elementary 1 9/16
Deer Park Elementary 2 9/3
Discovery STEM 6 1 8/27
Dutrow Elementary 4 8/9
Gen. Stanford Elementary 3 3/1
Greenwood Elementary 3 1 8/19
Hidenwood Elementary 6 1 8/20
Hilton Elementary 4 2 5/25
Jenkins Elementary 5 4 9/3
Katherine Johnson (formerly Lee Hall) 5 1 2/24
Kiln Creek Elementary 2 4 5/6
knollwood meadows (formerly Nelson) 3 3 3/24
McIntosh Elementary 4 3 8/19
Newsome Park Elementary 2 1 5/9
Palmer Elementary 2 1 4/30
Richneck Elementary 5 1 4/12
Riverside Elementary 3 11 6/1
Sanford Elementary 3 8 9*3
Saunders Elementary 7 2 5/18
Sedgefield Elementary 4 3 3/26
Stoney Run (formerly Epes) 1 2 4/23
Yates Elementary 2 1 8/26
Ach. Dream Middle & High 4 4 8/31
Crittenden Middle 4 5 8/30
ella fitzgerald (formerly Dozier) 2 1 3/26
Gildersleeve Middle 10 6 8/30
Hines Middle 3 2 8/16
Huntington Middle 1 2/11
Passage Middle 4 5 5/10
BT Washington Middle 1 1 5/19
Denbigh High/aviation academy 11 8 9/3
Heritage High 6 22 8/18
Menchville High 4 7 8/25
Warwick High 6 6 9/3
Woodside High 10 10 8/31
Enterprise Academy
Juvenile Detention
New Horizons
Point Option 1 9/2
Telecomm (NNPS-TV) 1 3/1
So.Morrison Learning Ctr. 2 2/3
Denbigh Learning Center

The data above does not reflect staff members or students with suspected or COVID-like illnesses with no confirmation, staff and students who are working or learning remotely, or the number of close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 who have been asked to quarantine for 14 days.

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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 3-6 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 and the COVID-19 vaccine (available for age 12 and up)

Health & Safety

Newport News Public Schools health and safety protocols address daily health screenings; physical distancing in classrooms; cleaning and disinfecting; the use of face masks; and educating students and staff on behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hygiene practices.

Health & Safety FAQ

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

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