COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 29
February 2, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Report on the Needs of Medically Fragile Students

 
  Attached for your information is a copy of Senate Document No.
  5, Report on the Needs of Medically Fragile Students which was
  prepared pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 306, enacted by
  the 1993 General Assembly.  We encourage you to examine
  carefully those recommendations that apply to local school
  divisions.
  
  Particular attention is called to Section 504 of the
  Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Under these provisions, some
  students with specialized health care needs may meet the 504
  definition of handicapped and thus require a 504 plan even
  though they have not been found eligible for special education
  under state and federal requirements.  Therefore, this
  document should be reviewed by your division 504 coordinator.
  
  Regarding recommendation 10, the Department of Education is
  cooperating with the Department of Health in the development
  of procedural guidelines related to specialized health care
  needs of students.  We envision this document will be ready
  for distribution for the 1996-97 school year.
  
  Questions about this report may be addressed to Mr. H. Douglas
  Cox, Director, Office of Special Education and Student
  Services at (804) 225-2402, or Ms. Nancy Ford, School Nurse
  Consultant, Virginia Department of Health at (804) 786-7367.
  
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  Attachment:  This supts memo and its attachment will be
               sent to the superintendent's office.