SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 36
February 9, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Waiver of Pre-Labor Day Opening Requirements for 1996-97|
Section 22.1-79.1 of the Code of Virginia prohibits the opening of schools prior to Labor Day unless a waiver is issued by the Board of Education for good cause. At its meeting on October 27, 1994 as a result of recommendations contained in the Board's study on "good cause," revised criteria and procedures for approving waivers were adopted. School divisions wishing to apply for a waiver must complete and return the attached application form by March 15, 1996 to Charles W. Finley, Division of Policy and Public Affairs. School divisions that received waivers in previous years should reapply for the 1995-96 school year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Finley at (804) 225-2747 or via VaPEN to firstname.lastname@example.org. WCBJr/cwf Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the Superintendent's office ATTACHMENT TO SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 36 COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION P. O. BOX 2120 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120 REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF PRE-LABOR DAY OPENING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 1996-97 SCHOOL YEAR School Division: Date: Date this Waiver Request was Approved by Your Local School Board: _______________ By my signature, I certify that this school division meets the criteria listed below to seek approval of a waiver of the provisions of 22.1-79.1 of the Code of Virginia requiring schools to open after Labor Day: 1. this school division was closed an average of at least 8 instructional days in five of the past ten years due to inclement weather, energy shortages, power failures, or other emergency situations; or, 2. the school division has an instructional program, excluding the electronic classroom, which is dependent on another division that qualifies for a waiver based on item 1 above; or, 3. there is other good cause as described in the attached documentation which warrants a waiver. Superintendent's Signature: PLEASE RETURN BY MARCH 1, 1996 TO: Charles W. Finley, Policy Associate Division of Policy and Public Affairs Department of Education P.O. Box 2120 Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 804-225-2747 (Phone) - 804-225-2053 (Fax)