COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 40
June 4, 1999

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Additional Guidance - Title IV: Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) Principles of Effectiveness


 The purpose of this memo is to provide additional
  guidance about the implementation of the SDFSCA
  Principles of Effectiveness. The Principles were
  published as a final rule in the Federal Register, June
  1, 1998 and apply to all SDFSCA funds obligated on or
  after July 1, 1998.  Previous notice about this rule was
  sent under Supts. Memo No. 43, dated July 10, 1998.
  Copies of the publication, "Nonregulatory Guidance for
  Implementing the SDFSCA Principles of Effectiveness" were
  provided to SDFSCA coordinators in all school divisions.

  Briefly, the intent of the Principles is to ensure that
  recipients of Title IV funds use those funds in ways that
  preserve local flexibility, but are most likely to reduce
  drug use and violence among youth.  Recipients are also
  required to coordinate their SDFSCA-funded programs with
  other available prevention efforts to maximize the impact
  of all the drug and violence prevention programs and
  resources available.

  At this time, the Virginia Department of Education has no
  plans to develop a list of specific programs that are
  eligible to be supported with SDFSCA funds.  School
  divisions will continue to have flexibility in selecting
  programs as long as they meet the standard established by
  the Principles of Effectiveness.

  A copy of the "Supplemental Nonregulatory Guidance"
  received from the U.S. Department of Education is
  enclosed.  Should you have questions, please call Arlene
  Cundiff in the Office of Compensatory Programs at (804)
  225-2871.

  PDS/saj

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

  cc: SDFSCA School Division Coordinators