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Affordable Connectivity Program offers lower internet costs for families
Affordable Connectivity Program offers lower internet costs for families
Updated on 09/16/2022
A new program from the Federal Communications Commission is offering low-cost internet for students and families throughout the country. Since PPS takes part in the Community Eligibility Provision, all PPS families qualify for this program. 
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UPDATE: Virginia Department of Social Services Statement on Summer 2022 P-EBT
UPDATE: Virginia Department of Social Services Statement on Summer 2022 P-EBT
Updated on 09/15/2022
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has recently made us aware that many households did not receive summer P-EBT benefits due to a card processing error. 
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PPS earns EVERFI Empowered Seal
PPS earns EVERFI Empowered Seal
Updated on 09/12/2022
Portsmouth Public Schools has been awarded EVERFI’s Empowered Seal, a designation only granted to the top 10 percent of K-12 public school divisions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to whole-child education utilizing digital programs. 
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Our mission at New Directions Center is to provide all students with a safe and nurturing environment with a core curriculum, which stresses on the total development of each child: socially, academically, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Students are provided education in an environment that allows them to be civic-minded while preparing them to make ethical decisions with confidence and competence before entering the regular school setting as skillful communicators with problem-solving skills, capable of creative thinking.

New Directions Center also delivers quality education to K-12 student in an alternative school environment that educates, empowers, and enables students to become caring, responsible and contributing citizens. We are committed to providing a high-quality alternative education program that focuses on student-centered instruction which fosters positive character and accountability.

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