SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 6
June 6, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. LaPointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Required Fire Inspections in Schools|
Enclosed is a copy of H2083 which requires the State Fire Marshal's Office to inspect annually all public schools in the Commonwealth that are not inspected by a local fire marshal. The State Fire Marshal estimates that about 1500 of the 1850 public schools are not now being inspected and will be affected by this new law. The Regional State Fire Marshal's Offices will be arranging with a local division in each fire region to provide a training site to provide a one day workshop this summer for 2 or 3 representatives from each school division at each of the 5 regional offices (Marion, Roanoke, Richmond, Warrenton, Norfolk). The workshops will focus on what is required by the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and what will be inspected by the inspectors. It will be to everyone's advantage to eliminate concerns before they become violations, and to make the fire inspection process a positive experience to improve the safety of the schools. The public will be watching to see that their schools conform to the Code and their children are safe. Once the 5 locations and dates are set, a notification will be sent out in another Superintendent's Memorandum on registration procedures. We have asked that the workshops be held in July or early August to eliminate any conflicts with your schedule for the opening of schools. We would suggest sending staff that are in charge of maintenance and operation, a central office person charged with safety, and a chief custodian. Additional training can be provided for all principals at a later date. Questions on this subject should be directed to Mr. David L. Boddy, Director, Facilities Services at (804) 225-2035. RTL:cle Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure will be sent to the superintendent's office.