Portsmouth Students to Continue Virtual Learning Until COVID-19 Cases Drop

Portsmouth public school students will continue to learn virtually for the foreseeable future.

Students will not physically return to class until COVID-19 positivity rates “drop dramatically,” the division announced Thursday following a unanimous vote by the school board.

The rate will need to remain below the 10% mark for 10 days before the school board will schedule a reopening plan.

“With this decision, staff members will continue to be able to telework when possible and not have to report in-person beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19 as was previously scheduled. In addition, meal distribution will continue to be provided for families during this extended virtual schedule,” a division spokeswoman said.