Benefits and Retirement

Click here for:  PPS 2017 New Hire Benefits Presentation
Optima Health Logo

Portsmouth Public Schools offers medical insurance through 
Optima Health.

Link to Optima Website for detailed Portsmouth Public Schools health and dental information. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
If you have questions about Optima EAP's website or other Optima EAP services, contact 757-363-6777 or 1-800-899-8174 (toll-free).  Username is "PPS". 
EAP Flyer

Link to:  USI Presentation - Optima's Value Added Resources

Delta Dental Logo

Portsmouth Public Schools offers dental insurance through Delta Dental of Virginia.
Delta Dental Website
                            PPS Optima and Delta Dental Website  

  VRS logo

Virginia Retirement System Website
All full-time employees are automatically enrolled in the Virginia Retirement System.  Please click on the link above for specific information regarding plans, forms, member profiles, retirement calculators, and much more.  

Minnesota Life:  Employee Group Life Insurance
Portsmouth School Board pays 100% of the premium of the employee group life insurance.  The cost of coverage in excess of $50,000 is taxable to the employee.

Optional Life Insurance Website (Minnesota Life)
Optional life insurance is available for self, spouse and children. Employee pays the full premium for optional life insurance.

Portsmouth Public Schools also provides:

  • Sick Leave (earned on a monthly basis; unlimited accumulation)
  • Personal Leave
  • Professional Leave
  • Qualified employees receive a monetary contribution to offset the cost of health insurance in retirement until they become eligible for Medicare.

First Financial Group of America is Portsmouth Public Schools' Third Party Administrator and provides voluntary benefits.

Link to FFGA Website
 FFGA Logo FFGA Toll Free Number:  1-800-924-3539
FFGA Contact: 

Lisa Dinkins

Contact Phone:  1-800-924-3539 ext 204
Contact Email: 
FFGA Forms (Website)
Instructions for Forms: Under "Services and Investments," click all three
boxes; Under "Insurance Benefits" (inside the box),
Plan Benefit Descriptions 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017
Universal Availability Notice

Legal Resources Logo Link to Legal Resources Website
            Important Information and Links 

Workers' Compensation Art

U.S. Department of Labor Website
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission Website
For Workers' Compensation related inquiries, contact:
Portsmouth Public Schools, Human Resources Department
801 Crawford Street, 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, VA  23704
Phone:  757-393-8701      Fax:  757-393-5238

For Employees: What to do when an illness/accident occurs
First Injury Report:  Employees to contact Company Nurse (see "What to do when an illness/accident occurs")
Medical Panel & Authorization for Medical Treatment Form
Temporary Prescription I.D. Card

Contact us bar

Sharon Hobbs, Benefits Supervisor
Telephone:  757-393-8488, ext 14148
Fax:  757-393-8017

Teresa Porter, Administrative Support Technician
Telephone:  757-393-8488, ext. 14155
Fax:  757-393-8017

Street Address
Portsmouth Public Schools
Finance Department
Benefits and Retirement
801 Crawford Street, 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, VA  23704-0998
Mailing Address
Portsmouth Public Schools
Finance Department
Benefits and Retirement
Post Office Box 998
Portsmouth, VA  23705-0998