SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 122
August 21, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||School Health Incentive Fund Grant|
Additional funding of approximately $1.6 million in each year of the 1998-2000 budget was appropriated by the 1998 General Assembly to create the school health incentive fund grants. This funding is for an incentive-based program to increase the number of state-supported nurse hours by 0.523 hours for an estimated number of students eligible for the federal free lunch program. This payment is in addition to the 0.954 hours funded in Basic Aid for school nurses and is adjusted for the composite index. The budget language from the 1998 Appropriation Act governing this grant is attached as Appendix A. To receive this funding, school divisions are required to submit a grant application (to be reviewed by their School Health Advisory Boards) to the Department of Education describing how the funds are to be used. In addition, the division superintendent must certify that the division utilized its fiscal year 1997 Standards of Quality (SOQ) funding for physical health care services (or provided the equivalent level of services through some other arrangement in fiscal year 1997). The amount of state and local fiscal year 1997 SOQ funds for your division for the provision of physical health care services is shown on the assurance statement in Appendix B. The intent of the General Assembly on the use of these funds is to increase the amount or quality of physical health care services provided directly to students. Appendix C shows the 1997 SOQ funds for school health services, the reported 1997 expenditures for school health services, the difference between funding and expenditures, the state grant amount, and the required local share based on the composite index. The application forms for this grant are attached as Appendix B. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by September 25, 1998. The application review and approval process will be completed by October 9, 1998. You will be notified by fax of your application approval and grant award. Please submit completed applications by September 25, 1998, to Mrs. Gwen Smith, School Health Specialist, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Mrs. Smith at (804) 786-8671, fax: (804) 371-8796, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/gs Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.