Northampton Delays Return to ‘Face-to-Face’ Instruction

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Staff Report —

Northampton County Public Schools announced this evening (Monday, Jan. 11) that the return to in-person instruction would be delayed at least until Jan. 24. It was originally scheduled to resume Jan. 19.

Information about instructional materials and delivery will be communicated by each child’s school.

This is due to primary and secondary indicators as reported by the Virginia Department of Health,” according to the notice.

Last night, Accomack County Public Schools suspended in-person instruction until further notice. “We looked at the numbers,” Holland told a Post reporter. “It’s the right decision to make.”

A VDH website of school metrics provides primary and secondary indicators and shows the entire state of Virginia falls into the “highest risk” category for transmission in schools.

The testing positivity rate for Northampton County is 19%, compared to 23.8% in Accomack County and 26.7% statewide. The CDC “highest risk” threshold is a positivity rate of more than 10%

The case incidence rate (cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days) is 673 in Northampton County and 1,148 in Accomack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “highest risk” threshold is more than 200 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days.

The school lunch program will continue to serve meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the times and locations listed below.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the following locations:
Bayview Apartments
William Hughes Apartments
Cheriton Fire Department
Family Dollar
Treherneville Church
Jamesville Post Office
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the following locations:
Seabreeze Apartments
Cobbs Station Trailer Park
Food Lion, Cape Charles
Food Lion, Exmore
Little Italy Parking Lot
Hare Valley School
10:00 – 11:30 am
School Board Office, Machipongo

One Tab devices are still available for pick up from the central office in Machipongo for all virtual and hybrid kindergarten through second-grade students.

Chromebooks are still available for pick up for all third through sixth-grade students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the central office in Machipongo.

If a child has already picked up a loaner laptop from NCPS, please return and exchange it for a Chromebook.