COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 146
August 23, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
Crime, Violence, and Substance Abuse Data 
Collection - 1995-96 School Year

 
  Enclosed are forms to be completed for the collection of
  division data on incidents of crime, violence, and substance
  abuse in Virginia's public schools for school year 1995-96. 
  This data has been collected annually since 1991 by the
  Department of Education as stipulated in the Code of
  Virginia  22.1-280.1.
  
  The information requested on these forms is the same as for
  1994-95, with the exception of one addition.  Table 12
  requires information about student expulsions for weapons
  possession.  This is in compliance with the Gun-Free Schools
  Act of 1994 and  22.1-277.01, Code of Virginia.
  Additionally, information about suspensions and expulsions
  is requested to respond to Senate Joint Resolution 85,
  passed by the 1996 General Assembly.
  
  Please complete the form and mail no later than October 31,
  1996 to:
  
          Marsha O. Hubbard, Safe Schools Specialist
          VA Department of Education
          P.O. Box 2120
          Richmond, VA 23218
  
  If you have any questions regarding this process, please
  contact Ms. Hubbard at (804) 225-2928 or H. Douglas Cox,
  Director, Office of Special Education and Student Services
  at (804) 225-2402. 
  
  Thank you for your cooperation in this important effort.
  
  RTLP/cp
  
  This memo and its enclosure will be sent to the
  superintendent's office.