COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 69
October 10, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Report of Dropouts, 1996-97 School Year 

 
  In order for the Department of Education to meet
  Commonwealth legislative reporting requirements, the 1996-97
  Report of Dropouts must be completed for certain schools in
  your division and is due in Richmond no later than Monday,
  November 17, 1997.  Completed reports should be addressed
  to:

                     Dropout Report Team
                Management Information Systems
               Virginia Department of Education
                        P. O. Box 2120
                Richmond, Virginia, 23218-2120

  The dropout report must be submitted by:

     1.   Schools that had membership in any of grades seven
          through twelve, and

     2.   Schools that had students age twelve or older
          (on January 1, 1997) in ungraded classrooms
          during the 1996-97 school year (e.g., self-contained 
          special education classrooms or alternative education
          programs for which separate attendance registers were
          kept).

  The dropout report is not completed for vocational,
  technical, special education, or alternative education
  centers providing specialized instruction to students
  officially enrolled at other schools.

  These statistics will be made available to the Virginia
  General Assembly in January, 1998.  Because of the short
  period of time we have available to process and publish
  dropout statistics, any reports received before our stated
  due date will be sincerely appreciated.  If you have any
  questions or need additional information, please contact
  Jerry Mathews or any other member of the Dropout Report Team
  at (804) 225-2099.

  RTL/dmb

  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.