COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 6
January 9, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Waiver of Pre-Labor Day Opening Requirements for 1998-99

 
     Section 22.1-79.1 of the Code of Virginia prohibits the
  opening of schools prior to Labor Day unless a waiver is
  issued by the Board of Education for good cause.  At its
  meeting on October 27, 1994 as a result of recommendations
  contained in the Board's study on "good cause," revised
  criteria and procedures for approving waivers were adopted.

     School divisions wishing to apply for a waiver must
  complete and return the attached application form by April 3,
  1998 to Charles W. Finley, Division of Policy and Public
  Affairs.  School divisions that received waivers in previous
  years should reapply for the 1998-99 school year. If you have
  questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Finley at
  (804) 225-2747 or via VaPEN to cfinley@pen.k12.va.us.


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