Return to In-person Instruction

Health & Safety

  • To ensure a safe return to in-person instruction and division operations, these key health mitigation strategies will continue to be followed:

      • Masks will be a requirement for all students and staff while at the bus stop, on the bus, and in school when not eating or drinking.
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE – i.e. face shields, gloves, wipes, sanitizer, etc.) will be available for teachers and staff.
      • Desks in classrooms will be set up at least 6 feet apart and movement in hallways will be structured to assist students with appropriately practicing social distancing. 
      • Hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be taught to younger students and expected of older students. 
      • Buildings will be sanitized on a daily basis.

    Protocol for Reports of Positive Cases: Upon the report of a positive COVID-19 case or exposure in a building, existing protocols for contact tracing and sanitization will be immediately implemented. In the instance that a classroom, section(s) of a school and/or an entire school needs to be closed temporarily to control any type of an outbreak, parents will be notified and students will return to the virtual learning setting until the sanitization process is complete.  Additionally, plans are in place at each school to have an isolation room for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 to remain until they can be picked up from school. Parents are reminded to monitor their student’s health to watch for symptoms prior to arrival at school each day:

    Check for the Following COVID-19 Symptoms 

    My Child Has a Symptom - What Should I Do? 

    • Fever
    • Stay home
    • Cough
    • Notify your child’s school
    • Sneezing
    • If anyone in the household is sick, please keep all children at home
    • Shortness of breath
    • Seek medical attention, if needed
    • Rash
     
    • Temperature of 100.4°F and over
      

     

    Building Ventilation: Using CDC guidelines, Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) developed a plan to evaluate fresh air ventilation in each school’s classrooms. As part of this process, NPS consulted with the architects and engineers involved with designing the school division’s newest facilities along with members of the NPS Facilities team. These collaborative efforts focused on fresh air ventilation by determining whether the HVAC unit supplying conditioned air to the classrooms has a mechanical damper to provide 20% fresh air into the conditioned air cycles. Norfolk Public Schools has also implemented the CDC guidelines for layered strategies to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes using multiple mitigation strategies with several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure. In addition to the aforementioned ventilation review, NPS’s layered approach includes practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, and encouraging proper hand hygiene. For more information and to view details on ventilation by school, visit: npsk12.com/Page/17647.

Approved Phased Return to In-Person Instruction

  • The new CDC guidance emphasizes health equity considerations for the phased in approach, particularly for schools that serve student populations that are at greater risk for learning loss during virtual instruction. In implementing a phased approach to returning to in-person learning, prioritizing student groups with the most critical instructional needs is highly recommended.  Norfolk Public Schools will implement the following phased reentry plan:

    • March 1: All teachers and staff return to work locations.
    • March 15: Students with Disabilities - Self Contained, English Learners (All Levels 1, 2 and Some 3) and PreK – 5 students begin hybrid model. Grades 6 - 12 remain fully online with the current schedule, except for those students previously listed.
    • April 12: All middle school students begin hybrid schedule. Grades 9 – 12 remain fully online, except for students in March 15th phase.
    • April 26: All high school students begin hybrid schedule.

    Hybrid & Concurrent Learning Models: Norfolk Public Schools remains committed to providing equitable and quality learning experiences for all students. All classrooms are equipped with web cameras, along with power cords for recharging student devices. Each teacher will have Bluetooth headsets to allow for communication with students in the classroom and those learning virtually at home online.  The Virtual Scholar’s Academy (VSA) remains in place for students whose parents/guardians wish for them to continue learning from home.

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    In-Person Learning

    A Group Students

    A Group Students

    Asynchronous/Independent

    B Group Students

    B Group Students

    Live Virtual Learning via Zoom

    B Group Students

    B Group Students

    Asynchronous/Independent

    A Group Students

    A Group Students

    Live Virtual Learning via Zoom

    VSA Students

    VSA Students

    Asynchronous/Independent

    VSA Students

    VSA Students

    In-Person Learning

    Self-Contained Students

    Self-Contained Students

    Asynchronous/Independent

    Self-Contained Students

    Self-Contained Students

     

Operational Needs and Support

  • With the approved plan there has been much consideration for operational needs and resources to comprehensively support the community with safely transitioning students and staff back to school for in-person instruction. These considerations include childcare needs, school nutrition, and transportation.

    Childcare Programs: Returning to in-person learning under the hybrid model will continue to present the need for some families to have access to low-cost opportunities for childcare.  NPS is continuing to partner with providers across the city to offer programs for students who may need childcare on Mondays through Wednesdays or on Wednesdays through Fridays.  Current childcare partners include Champions, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia and Southside, YMCA and the YWCA operating throughout the school division at Little Creek, Richard Bowling, Southside STEM, Taylor, Larchmont, Willard, Larrymore, Oceanair, Oceanview, Mary Calcott and Sewells Point Elementary Schools. Here is a list of Extended Face to Face Child Care Program 2020-2021.

    School Nutrition Services: As we prepare to welcome in person learners back to our schools, there will be some changes to the days of the week and times that Grab-N-Go Meal service is offered to the public.

    What is not changing:

    • Grab-N-Go meals are available to any child (ages 18 and under).
    • Grab-N-Go meals will consist of a hot supper, plus cold breakfast, lunch, and snack.
    • Grab-N-Go meals may be picked up by students or adults at any open site they choose.
    • Weekend meals will be available on Fridays.

    What is changing, effective March 8th:

    • There will be no Grab-n-Go meal service on Wednesdays. Two days of Grab-N-Go meals will be offered on Tuesdays.
    • The new sites and times for Grab-N-Go meals can be found on the Department of School Nutrition's webpage: grab n' go meals

    Transportation: In order to ensure the ability to transport all students to and from school, ridership on school buses will be increased up to 40 students where necessary.  Children who live in the same household must share a seat. Additional mitigation strategies include:

    • Masks will be worn by drivers and students at all times. Drivers will provide masks to students that may need one
    • Drivers will sanitize all seats and high touch areas between all routes
    • Windows will be opened as weather permits 

      Norfolk Public Schools has launched a new “Here Comes the Bus” app that will allow families to monitor daily school bus transportation information, including where a specific bus is on its route. It can be downloaded to any smartphone, tablet, or personal computer from the App Store or Google Play, depending on the operating system of the device. The “Here Comes the Bus” app and website include details about bus number changes and alerts to families when their child’s bus is approaching the designated bus stop. To sign up for the app, parents/guardians will need to enter the Norfolk Public Schools Account Code: 29096 and their child’s student ID number. To find your child’s student ID number: 

      1. Login to ParentVue 

      2. Click on your child’s name.  This will access the modules list. 

      3. Click on Student Info.  Your child’s Student ID is in the field named Perm ID.   

      4. If you have multiple children in Norfolk Public Schools, click the Navigation button in the upper left corner of the screen.  Then click Student List in the upper left corner of the screen.  This will return you to the screen with the list of your children.  Return to Step 2 above. 

      For more information about the "Here Comes the Bus" app, visit: npsk12.com/Page/17630

    Staggered Time Adjustments: Changes to the staggered times are directly related to key health mitigation strategies for sanitizing after each bus route. Drivers will routinely sanitize seats and frequently touched areas (i.e. entry handrails, windows, etc.) after each drop off, which is estimated to take 10-15 minutes. The additional time between staggers will also allow drivers to make two runs within one stagger to transport all students to school in a safe and timely manner.  Ghent Elementary School’s times will temporarily change to 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to accommodate the bus route with Academy for Discovery at Lakewood students.  Staggered school times will start on March 4th and remain in place for the remainder of the school year.

     

    Current Times

    Temporary Changes

    First Stagger

    7:25 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

    7:25 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

    Second Stagger

    8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Third Stagger

    8:55 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

    9:15 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

    Fourth Stagger

    9:30 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.

    9:55 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.