Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Virginia law requires public agencies to appoint a FOIA Officer to manage requests for public information.

Cherise Newsome, the PPS Director of Communications, also serves as the division's FOIA Officer. For Freedom of Information Act requests, you may email: or call 757-393-8743.

Need more information about FOIA? Check out these links: 

Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Portsmouth City School Board FOIA Policy

Your FOIA Rights and PPS' Responsibilities

Virginia's FOIA Council Guidance

Media inquires also should be directed to Cherise Newsomethe Director of Communications, 757-393-8743 or