COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 10
January 24, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Requirement for a Social Security Number

 
As you know, Section 22.1-260 of the Code of Virginia requires
all students enrolled in public schools to have a federal social
security number.  The amendment to the Code was effective July 1,
1988.

This memorandum is being sent at the request of the Social
Security Administration as a reminder that certain aliens are not
eligible for social security numbers.  The attached flyer,
furnished by the Social Security Administration, provides
information relative to this topic.

In 1988, the Board of Education adopted Guidelines for
Administering the Requirements for Public School Students to
Obtain a Social Security Number.  Those guidelines are being
reviewed and may be revised to reflect changes in federal law.

Questions regarding the information in this memorandum may be
directed to Charles W. Finley, Policy Associate, Division of
Policy and Public Affairs, at (804) 225-2747.  Legal issues
should be discussed with your school board attorney.


RTL/cwf

Attachment:    This memo and its attachment will be sent to the
               superintendent's office.