COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 31
May 21, 1999

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Remedial Summer School
Standard 1.C of the Standards of Quality states in part: 

     Local school boards shall also develop and implement
       programs of prevention, intervention, or remediation
       for students who are educationally at risk including,
       but not limited to, those whose scores are
       in the bottom national quartile on Virginia State
       Assessment Program Tests, who do not pass the literacy
       test prescribed by the Board of Education, or who fail
       to achieve a passing score on any Standards of
       Learning assessment in grades three, five, and eight. 
       Such programs may include summer school for all
       elementary and middle school grades and for all high
       school academic courses, as defined by regulations
       promulgated by the Board of Education, or other forms
       of remediaton.  Division superintendents shall require
       such students to take special programs of prevention,
       intervention, or remediation which may include
       attendance in public summer school programs, in
       accordance with subsection E of 22.1-254 and
       22.1.254-01.  The requirement for remediation may,
       however, be satisfied by the student's attendance in
       a program of prevention, intervention or remediation
       which has been selected by his parent and is either 
       (i) conducted by an accredited private school
       or (ii) a special program which has been determined to
       be comparable to the required public school
       remediation program by the division superintendent. 
       The costs of such private school remediation program
       or other special remediation program shall be borne by
       the student's parent.  Students required to attend
       such summer school programs or to participate in another form of
       remediation shall not be charged tuition by
       the local school division.  Based on the number of students
       attending and the Commonwealth's share of the per pupil
       costs, additional state funds shall be provided for summer
       and other remediation programs as set forth in the
       appropriation act.

     Any student who does not pass the literacy tests or
  all Standards of Learning assessments in grades three,
  five, and eight shall be required to attend a summer school
  program or participate in another form of remediation. 
  Such summer school program or other form of remediation
  shall be chosen by the school division to be appropriate
  to the academic needs of the student.  State funds shall be
  provided, as set forth in the appropriation act, for the
  attendance in remediation programs conducted by local
  school divisions for those students who do not pass the
  literacy tests beginning with the 1997-1998 fiscal year
  and for students who do not pass all Standards of Learning
  assessments in grades three, five, and eight beginning
  with the 1998-99 fiscal year.

  Localities may structure the summer remedial program in any
  manner they deem appropriate, including the curriculum and
  hours of instruction to be offered.  The 1999 Appropriation
  Act states, "Students attending these programs shall not be
  charged tuition and no high school credit may be awarded to
  students who participate in this program."

  Funding provisions are included in the 1999-2000
  Appropriation Act for those localities opting to offer a
  remedial summer program.  For fiscal year 1999-00 payments
  will be based on $328 for each eligible pupil, to be paid
  in accordance with each locality's composite index, subject
  to availability of funds. 

  Entitlements will be paid in two installments.  The first
  payment in August will be based on one-half of the
  estimated enrollment submitted on Attachment A.  The final
  payment, scheduled for October, will be based on actual
  enrollments submitted on Attachment B.  The total
  entitlement will appear on the final payment memo in
  October.  Please return the completed Attachment A to Mrs.
  Leigh H. Williams, Budget Analyst, no later than July 9,
  1999. Attachment B should be returned no later than
  September 10, 1999.

  School divisions opting not to participate should return
  both forms indicating such status and zero enrollment as
  appropriate.  Questions should be directed to Mrs. Williams
  or Mrs. Eanes at (804) 225-2025.

  PDS/lw
  Attachments-2


                                              Attachment A


    1999-00 Estimated Remedial Summer School Enrollment


  Number of Eligible Pupils Expected to be
   Enrolled in Summer Remedial Programs:

          Elementary (K-7)         _____________________

          Secondary (8-12)         _____________________

               Total               _____________________

          I hereby certify that the above information is
  true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.


  ___________________________________        ______________
  Signature of Division Superintendent             Date


  ____________________________________
     School Division/Division Code


  ____________________________________    __________________
  Name of Individual Completing Form         Telephone Number


  Please return the completed form no later than July 9, 1999
  to:

                         Mrs. Leigh H. Williams
                           Budget Analyst
                         Department of Education
                         P. O. Box 2120
                         Richmond, VA  23218-2120      



                                                  Attachment B


     1999-00 Actual Remedial Summer School Enrollment


  Number of Eligible Pupils Actually
   Enrolled in Summer Remedial Programs:

          Elementary (K-7)         _____________________

          Secondary (8-12)         _____________________

               Total               _____________________

          I hereby certify that the above information is
  true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.



  ____________________________________   ______________________
  Signature of Division Superintendent             Date


  ____________________________________
     School Division/Division Code


  __________________________________      _______________________
  Name of Individual Completing Form          Telephone Number


  Please return the completed form no later than September
  10,1999 to:

                         Mrs. Leigh H. Williams
                           Budget Analyst
                         Department of Education
                         P. O. Box 2120
                         Richmond, VA  23218-2120