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The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority when making decisions regarding hybrid and/or virtual learning. Suffolk Public Schools has and will continue to work in collaboration with local health officials in making the decision to safely bring students back into the schools. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Virginia Department of Health encourage school divisions to look at several core and secondary indicators when making decisions regarding in-person learning.  The core indicators include the number of new cases per 100,000 within the last 14 days, the percentage of COVID-19 PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days, and the ability of schools to implement 5 key mitigation strategies:
  • Consistent and correct use of masks
  • Social distancing to the largest extent possible
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Contact tracing efforts in collaboration with the local health department.
VDH recently evaluated the differences between the thresholds that CDC set forth in the Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making for case incidence and percent positivity and those thresholds originally used in the creation of the Pandemic Metrics tool. In order to be consistent with national standards, VDH has decided to use the CDC thresholds. However, while the CDC Indicators call for 14-day cumulative statistics, the VDH Pandemic Metrics tool is designed to use a 7-day moving average of daily values for case incidence and percent positivity. In order to translate cumulative thresholds for use at the daily level, they have been divided by 14.

The chart below shows a weekly snapshot of the COVID-19 Metric Data for the Eastern Region and the City of Suffolk.  This information is obtained from the Monday data of each week.


COVID-19 Measurement



   Cases Positivity
Dark Green  <0.36 <3%
Light Green 0.36 to <1.43 3% to 5%
Yellow 1.43 to <3.57 5% to 8%
Orange 3.57 to ≤ 14.3 8% to ≤10%
 Red ≥14.3 >10%

The table below shows the effects of the above data on bringing our students back to school in a face-to-face setting. Staff recommendations to the School Board will be based on both positivity rates and the total number of cases per 100,000. The table below provides potential recommendations based on those metrics. 

 Cases Positivity Virtual Hybrid Designated
Students*
 Red  Red  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Red  Orange  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Red  Yellow  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Red  Light Green  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Red  Dark Green  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Orange  Red  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Orange  Orange  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Orange  Yellow  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Orange  Light Green  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Orange  Dark Green  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Yellow  Red  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Yellow  Orange  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Yellow  Yellow  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Yellow  Light Green  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Yellow  Dark Green  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Light Green  Red  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Light Green  Orange  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Light Green  Yellow  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Light Green  Light Green  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Light Green  Dark Green  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Dark Green  Red  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Dark Green  Orange  Virtual  Virtual  In-Person
 Dark Green  Yellow  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Dark Green  Light Green  Virtual  In-Person  In-Person
 Dark Green  Dark Green  In-Person  In-Person  In-Person

*"Designated Students" refers to Special Education Students who are in specialized programs.

Cases reported since school started on Sept. 8, 2020

In our continued commitment to transparency, we are providing the case information below.  This information will be updated weekly on Mondays.  Any known individual meeting the CDC definition of a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual will be contacted by the Suffolk City Health Department or a Suffolk Public Schools staff member directly.  Others at the affected location will receive a notification letter from SPS.

Week Number of Cases Location
9/7/2020 - 9/13/2020 3 Creekside Elementary (1)
Northern Shores Elementary (2)
9/14/2020 - 9/20/2020 4 John Yeates Middle (1)
Pioneer Elementary (2)
Kilby Shores Elementary (1)
9/21/2020 - 9/27/2020 0 No Cases Reported
9/28/2020 - 10/4/2020 1 King's Fork Middle (1)
10/5/2020 - 10/11/2020 1 King's Fork Middle (1)
10/12/2020 - 10/18/2020 2 School Administrative Offices (1)
Kilby Shores Elementary (1)
10/19/2020 - 10/25/2020 0 No Cases Reported
10/26/2020 - 11/1/2020 2 Lakeland High School (2)
11/2/2020 - 11/8/2020 1 King's Fork High School (1)
11/9/2020 - 11/15/2020 8 King's Fork High School (3)
Nansemond Parkway Elementary (1)
Creekside Elementary (1)
Food & Nutrition Services (1)
Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary (2)
11/16/2020 - 11/22/2020  4 Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary (1)
School Administrative Offices (1)
Transportation Department (1)
Creekside Elementary (1)
 11/23/2020 - 11/29/2020  7 Booker T. Washington Elementary (1)
    Col. Fred Cherry Middle (2)
    Florence Bowser Elementary (1)
    Hillpoint Elementary (1)
    Nansemond River High (1)
    Pioneer Elementary (1)

- Case disclaimer:
One case does not equal one individual.  The total number of cases may include a single individual who was in multiple locations.  For example, if an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was in three different schools, that would count as three cases in the total number.  Cases are reported both for PCR and rapid test results. 

- Outbreak defined:
Per the Virginia Department of Health, an outbreak in a school is defined as at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 where persons are linked by a common exposure to an ill person, setting, event, and time period. Transmission must occur within the school facility or at a school-sponsored event among students, faculty, staff, or visitors to be classified as a school-associated outbreak.

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