SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 73
November 21, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||A Survey of Students Who are Medically Fragile|
At the request of the 1997 General Assembly, the Department of Education, in cooperation with the Departments of Health and Medical Assistance Services, is developing a monitoring system to identify certain medically fragile students (Budget Act, Item 131 G). The system will identify students with one or more conditions requiring continuous, on-going specialized health care procedures living in a licensed nursing home or long-stay acute care hospital whose parent or legal guardian is a resident of Virginia and for whom Virginia has an educational responsibility. In order to meet the objectives of this request, the Department is surveying local school divisions, licensed nursing homes, long-stay acute care hospitals, Intermediate Care Facilities/Mental Retardation (ICF/MR), and Part H Interagency Councils to identify medically fragile students who meet these criteria. Department staff will review the information from all sources to eliminate duplication. We are requesting your assistance in the completion of the enclosed survey form to provide us with information on students about whom you have knowledge. The target population is defined as children who meet both of the following criteria: living in a licensed nursing home OR living in a long-stay acute care hospital OR intermediate care facility/mental retardation, AND requires continuous, on-going specialized health care procedures. The survey is gathering data on the students in the target population during the period September 1, 1996 through August 31, 1997. Please complete the survey for all students known to the school division, whether the student lives in a facility that is located within the division or whether the parent or guardian lives in the division. Include students who are in out-of-state placements. We are enclosing a list of licensed nursing homes and long-stay acute hospitals. Please note that we need to hear from your school division/facility even if you have no knowledge of students who meet this criterion. Return the survey to Gwen Smith, R.N., School Health Services Specialist, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120 by December 15, 1997 (fax 804/371-8796). If you have any questions, please call Ms. Smith at (804) 786-8671. Thank you for your assistance. RTL:lpd Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures will be sent to the superintendent's office.