COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 121
August 21, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: POLARIS

 
  This memo is to prepare you and your staff for technological
  changes that are occurring in the Department of Education that
  may have potential benefit to your staff in dealing with many
  school bus-related issues.  The Pupil Transportation Service is
  implementing a crash reporting program (POLARIS) that will
  permit access through the Internet.  Although, crash reports
  still can be submitted on a hard copy, the new program will
  enable local school divisions to report crash information
  without having to send discs or hard copies to the department.

  Each school division will be given a password to access the
  POLARIS program.  This restricted access also will protect the
  confidential information about drivers and students. 
  Additionally, training will occur during the fall in each of the
  eight regions and it will be helpful if your staff has access to
  the Internet when this training begins.

  If you have questions or concerns about this new program, 
  please contact Dr. Barbara V. Goodman or Robert F. "Bob" Cere,
  Jr. at 804-225-2037.

  PDS/aam