COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 25
February 7, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Information on Alternative Programs for Long-Term Suspended and Expelled Students


  The Commission on the Future of Public Education
  subcommittee has requested information from school divisions
  on local and regional alternative education programs for
  long-term suspended and expelled students.   The attached
  survey contains the specific information  requested.  
  Please complete this survey and FAX your response by
  Tuesday, February 18, 1997.  

  I apologize for the short response time, but the information
  is to be presented to the subcommittee at its February 21,
  1997 meeting.   If you have any questions, please call
  George H. Irby, Director of Compensatory Programs, or Diane
  L. Jay, Specialist for Compensatory Programs, at 804/371-8973. 
  Your help in completing this information is
  appreciated.

  RTL/dj

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office

                      Department of Education
                        P. O. Box 2120
                Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

                 Alternative Education Survey


  School Division:_____________School Division Number ________

  Person Completing Form:______________Telephone: (___)_______

  Please be as accurate as possible when answering the
  following questions.  

  Long-Term Suspensions:

  1. ____________Total number of  long-term suspensions for
     1995-96.  (Long-term suspension occurs when a child is
     removed from class or school for more than ten (10)
     consecutive school days.)

  2. ____________Of the total number of  long-term
     suspensions for 1995-96, how many students were placed
     in a local or regional alternative education program?

  3. ____________What is the average length of stay of long-term
     suspended pupils in local or regional alternative
     programs?

  4. ____________What is the best estimate of the average
     total yearly cost (local and state funds combined) to
     educate a long-term suspended child placed in a local
     or regional alternative education program?

  5. Of the total number of long-term suspensions for 1995-96, 

     a.   _______________ how many students were not placed
          in a local or regional alternative education
          program because of the lack of slots or funding?

     b.   _______________how many students were not placed
          in a local or regional alternative education
          program because school board policy prevented such
          enrollment due to the severity or nature of the
          infraction?

  6. ____________ In 1995-96, how many long-term suspended
     pupils returned to the regular school setting from a
     local or regional alternative education program?

  Expulsions:

  1. ____________Total number of expulsions for 1995-96. 

  2. ____________Of  the total number of expulsions for
     1995-96, how many students were placed in a local or
     regional alternative education program? 

  3. ____________What is the average length of  stay for
     expelled students in a local or regional alternative
     program?  

  4. ____________What is the best estimate of the average
     total yearly cost (local and state funds combined) to
     educate an expelled child  placed in a local or
     regional alternative education program? 

  5. Of  the total number of expulsions for 1995-96, 

     a.   _______________ how many students were not placed
          in a local or regional alternative education
          program because of the lack of  slots or funding?

     b.   _______________how many students were not placed
          in a local or regional alternative education
          program because school board policy prevented such
          enrollment due to the severity or nature of the
          infraction?

  6. ____________ In 1995-96, how many expelled  pupils
     returned to the regular school setting from a local or
     regional alternative education program?

        Return by February 18, 1997, to Diane L. Jay,  
                 FAX:   804/371-7347 or 804/371-0249