Get 4 FREE At-Home COVID Tests Through USPS

Did You Know….You Can Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Through USPS?

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

CLICK HERE, or visit to complete the form with your contact and shipping information to order.

Biometrics Registration Closes 1/21/22

Biometrics Registration is now open.

  • Login to Pulse
  • Go to Benefits
  • Select Labcorp (Start Now)
  • Select Onsite Screening

*Registration Closes 1/21/22

**Required Component for Program Completion

SEF Instructional Grants for 2022-23 School Year

Apply now

Applications due April 8, 2022

SEF Instructional Grants Flyer


Grants up to $ 2,000

What will you request?

Examples of 2021-22 Winning projects:

Hands-on Science/Fine Arts/Graphics Novels/Diverse Library Books


The Suffolk Education Foundation (SEF) coordinates an instructional Grant Program annually.  These funds supplement regular departmental expenses and budgets. The Grant Program is designed to encourage faculty efforts to support innovation and to enhance the quality of instruction at Suffolk Public Schools.


SEF grants are awarded either directly to a specific school in Suffolk Public Schools or to the Suffolk Public Schools division as a whole, and to no other type of organization or institution. For purposes of this document, the grantee is the school/division; the agent is the school employee. The funded grant must meet both the mission of the Suffolk Education Foundation, and the priorities of Suffolk Public Schools.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

No school for students or staff on Monday, January 17, 2021

Virtual Learning Schools for the Week of January 17-21, 2022

Within our school division, we currently have over 1,000 students and an overwhelming
number of staff in quarantine, which has caused us to be concerned about the operational
effectiveness of our schools. As our quarantine numbers continue to rise, remaining in
in-person learning is simply a risk that we can no longer continue to take in certain
schools. Parents, we hear you, and we understand your concern in keeping your children
safe, as the safety of our students and staff has and always will be our number one
priority. Based on outbreaks in the school, percentage of staff on quarantine and class
closures, the following schools will transition to virtual learning for the week of
January 17 – 21:

Kilby Shores Elementary School

Mack Benn Jr. Elementary School

Southwestern Elementary School

King’s Fork Middle School

Staff Letter for the Three Elementary Schools

Staff Letter for the King’s Fork Middle School

Retirement Income Strategies and Virginia Retirement System PLOP Workshop

Learn how to shape your financial future. You’re invited to a virtual workshop.
Register now to attend a free educational workshop conducted by a knowledgeable professional on the financial topics that are important to your future.
Reserve my spot

This workshop is specifically designed to assist employees retiring within the next 3 to 4 years. Agenda topics include: VRS retirement benefits (including PLOP*), challenges in retirement and its cost, managing social security income and distributions during retirement, investment planning and retirement benefits. *Significant detail will be provided to assist attendees with the State’s PLOP benefit (Partial Lump-Sum Option Payment).

Wednesday, January 26, 2022           
Thursday, February 17, 2022           
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
We see the future in you.SM
Questions? Here’s who to call:
Tim Hewitt
Financial Advisor
Direct: 757.434.5957
Office: 804.897.5042
10800 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 200, North Chesterfield, VA 23235

New Hours at the Teacher Supply Store

The Teacher Supply Store will be open on WEDNESDAYS (2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) on weeks when schools

have early dismissal on Wednesday.

Regular Thursday hours (2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) will continue on weeks with NO early dismissal on Wednesday.

January Dates: (Closed Wednesday, January 12, 2022)

* Open * Thursday, January 20, 2022, and Wednesday, January 26, 2022

February Dates: *Open* Thursday, February 3, 2022, Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Thursday, February 17, 2022, and Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Teacher Supply Store – Get Extra Credits

During January 2022, teachers who visit the Teacher Supply Store and bring a colleague, who has never visited the store before, will earn 5 extra credits!

Teacher Appreciation at the Virginia Symphony in January

The Virginia Symphony would like to honor you at the Virginia Symphony Concerts in the month of January.  When buying tickets online at, use the code:  Teacher2122 for buy one, get one 50% off discount!  Students receive $10 tickets:  Use code:  Student2122

Teacher Appreciation Discount Flyer

Student Tickets Flyer


January 9,  3PM Sandler Center

PB&J: The Mozart Experience

A mischievous street musician finds herself thrust into the role of Mozart in this concert program for chamber orchestra. Presented by the conductor with opportunities and dilemmas similar to those faced by Mozart, the street musician slowly evolves into a modern-day Mozart. From extravagant youth to the appearance of the apocalyptic “mysterious stranger,” the audience experiences Mozart’s life as a musical, human adventure.

Join us in the lobby at 2:00pm for activities for all ages!


January 14 Ferguson Center, 7:30PM

January 15 Chrysler Hall, 7:30PM

Spirituals + Operatic Showstoppers

Versatility and innovation are the hallmarks of American conductor Kellen Gray, newly-named Assistant Conductor of the 125-year-old Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Celebrate Suffolk native and Metropolitan Opera star Ryan Speedo Green as he comes home to join the VSO to kick off 2022! Green’s inspiring personal story and incredible talent (nurtured at the Governor’s School for the Arts) has been featured in numerous media outlets. He will be joined by the highly acclaimed Norfolk State University, performing Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr.


January 21 Ferguson Center, 7:30PM

January 22 Chrysler Hall, 7:30PM

Golden Age of Broadway

Classic Broadway shines with hit after hit from the Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s. Composers featured include Bernstein, Berlin, Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe. You’ll be ‘So In Love’ with this show that you won’t want the evening to end! Favorites from Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and more!

Winter Storm Advisory

Suffolk Public Schools is aware of the Winter Storm Advisory, potential inclement weather approaching our area Monday, January 3, 2022. We will continue to monitor the National Weather Service and local forecasts overnight and throughout the morning. We will notify our school community immediately if any scheduling changes are made, as the safety of our staff and students is our top priority.

UPDATE: January 3, 2022 10:30 a.m.
SPS will remain on a normal operating schedule

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic – East End Baptist Church

Date: January 6, 2022
Location: East End Baptist Church – 1056 Portsmouth Blvd., Suffolk, VA, 23434
Time: 12:00 pm  –  6:00 pm.  

Registration is highly recommended but not requiredModerna, Pfizer (12 & up), Pfizer (ages 5-11), and J&J vaccines will be offered. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd doses/boosters will be available.

Pre-registration Links:

Johnson & Johnson:

Pfizer ages 12 and up

Pfizer ages 5 -11

*  Wear Face Mask
*  Wash your Hands     
*  Practice Social Distancing  

After-School Activities Canceled: Jan. 3-7, 2022; SPS Saturday Academy Session Jan. 8 Canceled

***ATTENTION: Please see below for an important announcement from Suffolk Public Schools***

All after-school extra-curricular activities will be canceled for the week of January 3-7, 2022. This includes athletic practices, games, clubs/organization activities, after school tutoring and in-person Z-Block classes. VHSL games will be rescheduled. After school activity buses will NOT run during this time period.

The January 8, 2022 SPS Saturday Academy session will be canceled. The next session will be Saturday, January 22, 2022. Registration for the January 22nd session will open on Friday, January 14th.

Winter Break

Suffolk Public Schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022.

Please have a safe and restful break!

Suffolk Public Schools will reopen after the Winter Break on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Upcoming WHRO Webinar

Equity DIY: Practical Tips for Creating Equitable Classrooms in 2022 and Beyond

Dr. Kambar Khoshaba, Principal, Western Branch Middle School,
Chesapeake Public Schools

Mr. Casey Roberts, Executive Director, New Horizons Regional
Education Centers

This two-hour session hosted by WHRO’s Education Department will focus on
social-emotional learning and discipline through the lens of equity.
Thursday, January 13, 2022, | 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Location: virtual

Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants.
Registration Deadline: January 10, 11:45 p.m.

See the link below for registration:

WHRO webinars are a FREE benefit for teachers in the Hampton Roads region.

Hero Nights: Winterfest on the Wisconsin

Hero Nights! December 8 and 15, 2021

Discounted Admission: $9.50

Showing their appreciation to first responders, nurses, and teachers!

Discounted admission for Winterfest on the Wisconsin battleship. Discounted admission is restricted to first responders, nurses, teachers, and their families while supplies last, advanced reservations online are required, space is limited, and tickets will sell out.

Upon entry, first responders, nurses, or teachers must show valid ID with a reserved e-ticket to the Nauticus Admissions desk. Advanced reservations online are recommended for accompanying guests.

See the following link for more information:

December Hours for the Teacher Supply Store

Teacher Supply Store Hours for December 2021

During December you can visit the Teacher Supply Store and shop with 20 credits.

Open 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

December 2, 2021

December 9, 2021

December 16, 2021

SPS Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic Information

Early Dismissal Wednesdays

Early Release for Students on Wednesdays

There will be an early release for all students on the following Wednesdays:

November 10, 2021

December 8, 2021

January 12, 2022

January 26, 2022

February 9, 2022

February 23, 2022

March 9, 2022

March 23, 2022

April 6, 2022

April 27, 2022

May 11, 2022

May 25, 2022

June 8, 2022

Middle School students at 11:25 a.m.

High School students at 12:25 p.m.

Elementary School students at 1:15 p.m.

Defined Contribution Plan Webinar and Individual Consultations

DC Plans Specialist Homer Stinson will provide a defined contribution plan webinar and one-on-one virtual consultations on Tuesday, October 26.

The schedule is as follows:

11 a.m.-2 p.m. – one-on-one virtual consultations for Hybrid 457 and Hybrid 401A participants

3:30-4:30 p.m. – “Understanding Your Investment Options” webinar

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Encore webinar “Understanding Your Investment Options”

To register, simply click the meeting link below.

Schedule a virtual session today:

Name: Homer Stinson
Phone: 202-759-7119
Meeting Link:

Job Fair in October

Suffolk Public Schools is hosting weekly job fairs for the following positions:

Bus Drivers and Substitute Teachers

Letter from the Superintendent 9.28.21

9.28.21 Superintendent Letter Student Passing

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

On Thursday, September 9, 2021 the Suffolk School Board voted 6 to 1 to approve the requirement of all students participating in high school and middle school athletics to be FULLY vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 12 or submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test. 

This is an additional safety measure to support our prevention strategies. An increase in positive COVID-19 cases in sports programs results in large numbers of students being paused from athletic participation, which has an impact on the season and more importantly, classroom instruction.

If a child is in middle or high school, is age 12 or older, and is currently participating in sports or extracurricular activities and is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to submit a negative PCR test once a week (every Monday) to the nurse at their school to remain eligible for participation. If a child is already fully vaccinated, they will need to be prepared to show proof of vaccination their school nurse.

If a child is not fully vaccinated by November 12, and does not complete weekly testing, they will not be able to participate in any athletics or extracurricular activities, including try-outs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Suffolk Public Schools providing weekly testing?
Currently, Suffolk Public Schools is NOT providing weekly testing.

What type of weekly tests are accepted?
Rapid or PCR tests are accepted. At-home over the counter testing is not acceptable.

If my child is not fully vaccinated by Nov. 12, when do I need to provide proof of a negative PCR test?
Monday, November 15

Will my child need to test weekly if they are already fully vaccinated?
No, those who are already vaccinated will only need to provide documentation of vaccination to their school nurse. They will not need to test weekly.

If a negative result has to be submitted every Monday, does that mean that the result has to come in on Monday? Or is it ok to get results the prior week?
We understand that it may take a few days before you receive the results of your test. Therefore, it is okay if you get the results the prior week or a few days before and submit them on Monday.

My child is 11 years old, and is not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Can they still participate in extracurricular activates?
If the club/organization starts BEFORE Nov. 15, yes your child may participate. If the club/organization starts AFTER Nov. 15, your child cannot participate until the vaccination is available for their age group.

Vaccine/Testing Resources

Where to find a COVID-19 vaccine:

Where to find a COVID-19 test:

Lost your vaccine card?
(info in box on top right of this page)

Employee Work Dates 2021-2022

Suffolk Public School employee work dates include the employee category with start and end work dates for the 2021-2022 school year.

Calendar of Employee Work Dates (2021-2022)

Summer Wellness Challenge

Join the Summer Challenges through Pulse and gain 200 points for each of the challenges listed below for the 2021-2022 school year.

Habit challenge 6/21 – 7/11; “Fresh Air”
Step challenge 7/12 – 8/8; “Scale the Summits”

Virtual Staff Application Now Open

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Suffolk Public Schools will offer SPS Online: a fully online, virtual learning program for students in grades K-12 who prefer to learn in the virtual environment.  For consideration to work in the virtual program, SPS staff must complete the virtual staff application and meet selection criteria.

The SPS Online Virtual Staff Application will be open from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, 2021.

Elementary teachers selected to teach in the online program will be assigned to teach a specific grade level. Secondary teachers will be assigned to teach a virtual block or blocks, depending on student enrollment and scheduling needs. Special Education teachers will have a caseload that may cover multiple grade levels or more than one content area.

Virtual staff must meet specific criteria for consideration. Please review the expectations and criteria before submitting the application. Staff selected to teach and/or work in the SPS Online Program will be notified by July 15, 2021.  

SPS Online: Virtual Staff Application

Annual Contracts In Frontline Central

In an effort to manage all the employee-related forms and information for our employees, the Human Resources department has implemented Frontline Central, a software program from Frontline Education.  Frontline Central is an electronic employee records management system that securely and efficiently manages employee’s information online.   This system will allow Human Resources to streamline time-consuming manual processes, create an electronic employee file for each employee and provide a paperless onboarding process along with creating, distributing, and completing forms online.

For the 2021-2022 school year, all contracts will be completed electronically through Frontline Central.  Each employee will receive an email notification from “”  with the following message in the subject line:  

Frontline Central Notification: Suffolk Public School District – You have a form “Annual Contract” to complete.

The employee will be directed to their contract where they can sign off on it electronically.  In the top right-hand corner of the screen will be a PDF Overly toggle to view their actual contract.  Employees can use the same toggle switch to go back to the web view version of the form where they will be prompted to enter their name in the Employee Signature box and click “Add Digital Signature” to sign their contract.  Once they click submit their contract will be completed.

A video link is also available to offer additional support:  

Getting Started For Employees Video.  Employees will have complete access to their contracts and other employee documents they sign through the “My Forms” tab in Frontline Central.  

Sign Up To Give COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

If you are fully recovered from COVID-19 and ready to help other patients, please CLICK HERE to complete an electronic form provided by the American Red Cross. Once your initial eligibility is confirmed, the Red Cross will contact you via phone within 1-3 business days to schedule your donation.

Anthem Digital ID Cards

In 2020, Anthem moved to the simplified Digital ID card to prevent reissuing cards year to year. Please keep your 2020 combined Anthem ID card for the 2021 plan year. Anthem ID cards will only be issued to subscribers who made changes.

SPS Trails Challenge

How are Points Posted?

To Earn the 5,000 Pulse Points, entries need to follow the directions below and be appropriate for all ages.

*All content will be considered usable for Suffolk Public Schools advertising of the SPS Employee Wellness Program.  Entries may be returned for edits prior to posting.

Trail Writer

  • Visit at least 5 out of the 17 Suffolk, Virginia Trails
  • Take Photographs
  • Write up a description of your trip with a minimum of 10 sentences, include the number of steps you took, scenery, etc.. 
  • Send your description and pictures as a Google Document, pdf, or jpeg to Make sure you have your name/SPS email on everything
  • Keep an original of your submission


Trail Vlogger
Video your journey across 5 or more trails and send your video in to be used as part of a video advertisement for the SPS Employee Wellness Program.  Mp4 formatting preferred.

Due by May 1, 2021 – Earn 5,000 points 
Happy Trails!

Parent/Student Guides to Virtual Learning

The guides to virtual learning below contain detailed information for both parents and students related to the following topics:

2020-21 Calendar Overview
Definition of Terms
School Instructional Hours
Device Support/Internet Access
How Students Access Canvas
Parent Notifications
Attendance Expectations
First Day of School
School Schedules
Student Responsibilities and Expectations
Parent Responsibilities and Expectations
Parent/Student/Teacher Communication
Parent Resources and Support Documents

Parents’ Guide to Virtual Learning: Educate & Innovate

Student’s Guide to Virtual Learning: Educate & Innovate- Getting Ready for the First Day Student Guide

*Student access to Canvas will be available on Thursday, September 3.

Thinking to use telemedicine?

CLICK HERE, and follow these simple instructions designed for employees who might need or want to use telemedicine at this time. All copays are waived to encourage employees to use this option for doctor visits. 

Some Drugs Will No Longer Be Covered

As part of our routine formulary review process, changes to the National, Essential and Traditional Open Drug Lists take effect April 1, 2020. Most are multi-source brand drugs (those with generic equivalents) that will be removed from the lists or moved to a higher benefit tier. Generic or brand-name alternatives will be covered in their place.

The Food and Drug Administration follows a rigorous review process for approving generics to make sure they work just as well or better than their brand-name equivalent.

We’ll notify impacted members by mail starting January 31, 2020. The letters will tell members about other options they have for lower-cost alternative drugs that are covered.

Questions? Contact your broker or account rep.

Getting an Outside Phone Line

Starting Monday, December 9, every SPS phone will require you must press 8 to reach an outside line.

Press 8 to Escape! 

This change is the beginning of other safety enhancements to our phone systems coming soon.

For safety reasons now, we encourage leaders to share this information with ALL building staff and add a printed reminder on phones which are accessible in more public setting, such as information desks, offices, conference rooms, and the like.

Walking in a Tech Wonderland Challenge

It’s time for another Tech challenge: Walking in a Tech Wonderland!  Choose a snowman and complete the 3 tasks needed to get him home.  Complete the Google form to submit your evidence.  All evidence must be turned in by February 18th in order to earn the badge and be entered to win one of the prizes!

Copy of the Challenge board —–> Tech Wonderland Challenge

Google Form to submit evidence —> Tech Wonderland Form

SEEC Event – January 31, 2022

Join the us at KFHS on Monday, January 31, 2022 for the Suffolk Excellence in Education Conference. This event will feature a keynote session facilitated by Ken Shelton followed by a session of your choosing. Ken Shelton, KC Testerman from Canvas, and several SPS staff members will facilitate the sessions. This event will run twice on January 31. The morning session is from 8:00 to 11:00 and the afternoon session is from 12:30 to 3:30. For more information about the SEEC event navigate to the SEEC site – Register for the event by completing the Google Form –

Remote Learning Teacher Handbook

In an effort to be prepared for a need to shift to virtual (remote) learning for students in Suffolk Public Schools, this handbook has been designed to assist teachers and administrators with guidelines and expectations for class, building, or division-wide temporary instructional adjustments needed if there is a move to virtual learning during the school year.

Link to the SPS Continuity of Learning Remote Learning Teacher Handbook

COVID Testing event planned for January 14, 2022

The Virginia Department of Health will hold a COVID-19 testing event this week.

  • COVID-19 Community Testing Event (CTE)
  • Friday, January 14, 2022
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • East Suffolk Recreation Center, 138 S. 6th Street, Suffolk 23434
  • PCR testing only
  • No pre-registration needed
  • Testing done by a VDH vendor

VASCD Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Check out the online and in-person opportunities for educators. See VASCD for more information and costs: Help Me Learn How to Play the Game: Discipline with Feeling, Fidelity, and Follow Through Webinar on January 26 and February 23. Discipline is one of the most misunderstood aspects of school improvement. Attend the Jan. 26 session with Andy Jacks. Next, …

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VASCD Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Check out the online and in-person opportunities for educators. See VASCD for more information and costs: Help Me Learn How to Play the Game: Discipline with Feeling, Fidelity, and Follow Through Webinar on January 26 and February 23. Discipline is one of the most misunderstood aspects of school improvement. Attend the Jan. 26 session with Andy Jacks. Next, …

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Career Switcher Program Information Session

The VCU School of Education’s Career Switcher Program, is holding a virtual informational session on January 18 at 6 p.m. for anyone interested in becoming a teacher. Register today!

Career Switcher Program Information Session

The VCU School of Education’s Career Switcher Program, is holding a virtual informational session on January 18 at 6 p.m. for anyone interested in becoming a teacher. Register today!

Virtual Virginia Canvas LIVE Winter Workshops in 2022

Canvas trainers will present this series of free, hands-on workshops that focus on the essentials of course design in the Canvas LMS and the best practices for accessibility in courses. Registration is required. All Virginia public school division educators are invited to register for the following workshops: -How to Use Google Drive in Canvas on Jan. 6, at …

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Virtual Virginia Canvas LIVE Winter Workshops in 2022

Canvas trainers will present this series of free, hands-on workshops that focus on the essentials of course design in the Canvas LMS and the best practices for accessibility in courses. Registration is required. All Virginia public school division educators are invited to register for the following workshops: -How to Use Google Drive in Canvas on Jan. 6, at …

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2-HR Delay: Tuesday, Jan. 4

As temperatures drop below freezing, Suffolk Public Schools will open on Tuesday, January 4 with a 2-hour delay for students and staff. 

A two-hour delay means:
Bus pick-ups for all students will begin two hours later than normal pick-up times.
Breakfast will NOT be served. Lunch will be served.
Dismissal time will remain the same unless otherwise noted.

January Wellness Newsletter

January Newsletter

  • Cooking with Maia
  • Biometrics Registration
  • Mammo Van Registration

Power Outage Notice

John F. Kennedy Middle, Booker T. Washington Elementary and the SPS Facilities and Maintenance Department are experiencing a power outage. Phone and internet services at BTWES and JFKMS are currently disabled.

If you need to contact someone at the school, please call the School Administrative Offices at 757-925-6750. We will send a notice once power is restored.

UPDATE: January 3, 2022 1:20 p.m.
The power at JFK has been restored. Students will be released via early dismissal.

UPDATE: January 3, 2022 1:27 p.m.
Phones are currently still disabled at BTWES. However, power has been restored.