COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 164
November 6, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Annual Report for 1996-97: Incidents of Crime, Violence, and Substance Abuse 

 
  Enclosed with this memo is the Annual Report for 1996-97:
  Incidents of Crime, Violence, and Substance Abuse in
  Virginia's public schools.

  You will note that the 1996-97 report, as compared to the
  previous year, shows decreases in incidents in thirteen
  categories and increases in incidents in only three
  categories (see Data Summary). Also included in the Data
  Summary is a statement to discourage use of this data to
  make comparisons across school divisions.  Given that
  there are certain limitations in the data collection
  process (such as the use of various systems of data
  collection at the division level), this report may
  reflect discrepancies. Regardless, it has become a
  widely-used resource throughout the state and the nation.

  If you have questions regarding this report, please
  contact Marsha Hubbard, School Safety Specialist at (804)
  225-2928.  Limited copies of this report are available
  from the School Safety Resource Center, also at (804)
  225-2928. It is also permissible to duplicate copies.

  PDS/shs

  Enclosure:   A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
               ment will be sent to the superintendent's
               office.