Benefits and Retirement

Click here for Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS)
2017 New Hire Benefits Presentation

Click here for Department of Human Resources Website 

Optima Health Logo

PPS offers medical insurance through 
Optima Health

Click here to visit Optima's Website for detailed
PPS health and dental information.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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

Click here for EAP Flyer

Click here to view, "USI Presentation - Optima's Value Added

Delta Dental      Portsmouth Public Schools offers dental insurance through Deltal Dental of Virginia.

Click here for Delta Dental Website

Click here for PPS Optima and Delta Dental Website

 VRS Logo     All full-time employees are automatically enrolled in the VRS.  For specific information regarding plans, forms, member profiles, retirement calculators, and much more, please visit the VRS Website.  Click here for Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Website 

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.  Click here to visit Minnesota Life - Employee Group Life Insurance

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


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

Click here for Link to FFGA Website

Click here for 
FFGA Forms
Instructions for Forms: 
Under "Services and Investments," click all three boxes; 
Under "Insurance Benefits" (inside the box), 
click "Submit"

Click here for Plan Benefit Descriptions 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017

Click here for
Universal Availability Notice

FFGA Toll Free Number:  1-800-924-3539
FFGA Contact:   

Lisa Dinkins


Ph:  1-800-924-3539 ext 204

PPS Logo     
PPS 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.
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    Click here for Legal Resources Website
Click here for Important Information and Links

Workers' Compensation Art


Click here for U.S. Department of Labor Website

Click here for Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission Website

Click to view presentation  "For Employees: What to do when an illness/accident occurs"

First Injury Report
:  Employees to contact Company Nurse
Telephone:  1-888-770-0925 
(For instructions, see the presentation, "What to do when an illness/accident

Click here for Medical Panel & Medical Treatment Form

Click here for Temporary Prescription I.D. Card

Workers' Compensation related inquiries, please contact:

Latisha Russell, Compliance Officer
Portsmouth Public Schools
Human Resources Dept
801 Crawford Street, 3rd Fl
Portsmouth, VA  23704
Ph:  757-393-8701  ext 14167
Fax:  757-393-5238

 Benefits & Retirement Contacts
Sharon Hobbs, Benefits Supervisor
Ph:  757-393-8488, ext 14148
Fax:  757-393-8017
Teresa Porter, Administrative Support Technician
Ph:  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