COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

PRINS. MEMO NO. 43

August 20, 2002

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2002-2003 Driver Education Program Approval Application

 

In accordance with Section 46.2-334 of the Code of Virginia, the Department of Education is charged with approving public and private school driver education programs. Driver education program requirements are specified in the 2001 Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia as prescribed by Section 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia.

 

Public and private schools seeking program approval from the Department of Education must submit the attached Driver Education Program Approval Application prior to beginning instruction. The application form will require division superintendents or heads of private schools requesting driver education program approval to certify that the proposed program will meet all state-approved program requirements. The Department of Education will share the teacher information submitted on the program approval application with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to satisfy the Section 46.2-340 Code of Virginia requirement that directs the DMV to monitor classroom and in-car driver education teachers driving records. Periodically, DMV will send each school the names of the teachers on the monitoring list to verify accuracy and to amend if necessary.

 

Teachers should begin using the 2001 Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia during the 20022003 school year. The Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety (VADETS) has provided training to more than 2,000 public, private and commercial school teachers and will continue to sponsor staff development opportunities for teachers who still need to take the curriculum implementation training. The training schedule is available on the VADETS website at http://adtsea.iup.edu/vadets/. The VADETS curriculum implementation trainings is funded by a 402 federal highway safety grant administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

Your Superintendent has been notified of this requirement by Supts. Memo No.53, August 16, 2002. Completed application forms should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education no later than September 13, 2002. If you have questions, please contact Vanessa C. Wigand (mailto:vwigand@mail.vak12ed.edu), specialist, health, physical education and driver education, at (804) 225-3300.

 

 

JDL/VCW/shs

 

Attachment

 

http://www.pen.k12.va.us/administrators/principals_memos/2002/ems043a.pdf