Message from NPS School Board Representative Adale Martin

Norfolk Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, September 8th with virtual learning.  NPS is providing chrome laptop computers to all students, even multiple students in one household.  NPS is also providing one mifi hotspot device to families who request it.  The mifi hotspot device can handle the wifi capacity for 15 devices.

Parents and guardians may contact their school principal with any quesionts.  The NPS website ( is being updated with district wide information daily.  There are also resources for childcare services that are being provided by community partners.  Parents can also email me at and I will direct them to the appropriate person.

Norfolk Public Schools was the first district in the region to determine our plan for the fall reopening of schools.  Since this decision in July, the NPS administration and staff, under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Sharon Byrdsong, have been working around the clock to prepare and inform the community for this Fall semester.  The safety of our students, teachers and staff is of utmost importance to us.  As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our area, we believe beginning the school year virtually is the most responsible option. Dr. Byrdsong and her staff will continue to monitor local health conditions in consultation with the Norfolk Public Health Department and my school board colleagues to return to in-person instruction when deemed safe.

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