Safety and Security

The safety of our schools, staff and students continues to be of utmost importance to Newport News Public Schools.

Schools that are smart and safe open doors for all students by building a foundation of high expectations, rigorous content, and persistent support. We employ a variety of security measures in our daily efforts to provide safe and secure learning environments. Read more about safety and security measures at NNPS.


Robert Stewart, Jr.,
Executive Director, Crisis Planning, Prevention & Environmental Risk Management

Carl Murray, Jr.,
Director, School Safety

Pennie Boyack, Supervisor, Environmental Health/Safety, (757) 881-5024 x.14102
Dr. Jeff Nelson, Coordinator, School Division Security, (757) 283-7850 x.11136
Brooke Hood, Administrative Secretary III, (757) 283-7850 x.11137
Tracy Pope, Acting Supervisor, Security & Emergency Management, (757) 283-7850 x.11135

SpeakUp Anonymous Reporting System

Newport News Public Schools has launched a new anonymous reporting system. SpeakUp provides a simple way for students and families to easily and confidentially report threats of violence, bullying, peers in crisis and other imminent threats.

SpeakUp's trained safety representatives monitor and evaluate reported tips 24/7/365 and send an email regarding non-life-threatening situations to designated school contacts or district staff members. In more urgent situations, district-appointed contacts are notified immediately by phone. In the most imminent cases, SpeakUp representatives will contact law enforcement to intervene if they are unable to notify a district-appointed contact.

Report safety concerns anytime:

  • Students may click the SpeakUp icon on their Chromebook
  • Email [email protected]
  • Call or text: (757) 765-4440