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Portsmouth Public Schools to remain all-virtual through start of second semester

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Posted at 9:32 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 21:32:18-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Due to rising COVID-19 cases in the region, students in Portsmouth will continue to learn from home as the second semester starts.

During Tuesday's meeting, members of the Portsmouth School Board voted unanimously to keep students in an all-virtual setting until COVID-19 positivity rates drop dramatically.

Schools were previously slated to return to in-person instruction on a phased reopening starting Tuesday, Feb. 2. However, with the current positivity rate above 18%, Board members voted to postpone rescheduling a back to school reopening plan until rates remain below the 10% mark for a period of 10 days.

With this decision, staff members will continue to be able to telework when possible and will not have to report in person on Tuesday, Jan. 19 as they had been previously scheduled to do.

Additionally, meal distribution will continue to be provided for families during this extended virtual schedule. For reminders about the division’s feeding program, click here.

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