SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 6
January 15, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||A Survey of Students Who are Medically Fragile|
At the request of the 1997 General Assembly, the Department of Education, in cooperation with the Departments of Health and Medical Assistance Services, developed a monitoring system to identify certain medically fragile students (Budget Act, Item 131 G). This is the second year data has been gathered. The monitoring system identifies students with one or more conditions requiring continuous, on-going specialized health care procedures in a licensed nursing home or long-stay, acute-care hospital. The children's parents or legal guardians must be residents of Virginia for whom Virginia has an educational responsibility. In order to meet the objectives of this request, the Department is surveying local school divisions, licensed nursing homes, long-stay, acute-care hospitals, Intermediate Care Facilities/Mental Retardation (ICF/MR), and Part H Interagency Councils to identify medically fragile students who meet this criteria. Department staff will review the information from all sources to eliminate duplications. We are requesting your assistance in the completion of the enclosed survey form to provide us with information on students about whom you have knowledge. The target population is defined as children who meet both of the following criteria: ~ living in a licensed nursing home; or living in a long-stay, acute-care hospital; or living in an intermediate care facility/mental retardation; and ~ requiring continuous, on-going specialized health care procedures The survey requests data on the students in the target population during the period September 1, 1997, through August 31, 1998. Please complete the survey for all students known to the school division, whether the student lives in a facility that is located within the division or whether the parent or guardian lives in the division. Include students who are in out-of-state placements. We are enclosing a list of licensed nursing homes and long-stay, acute-care hospitals. Please note that we need to hear from your division even if you have no knowledge of students who meet this criteria. Return the survey to Gwen Smith, R.N., School Health Services Specialist, by February 4,1999, (fax 804-371-8796). If you have any questions, please call Ms. Smith at 804-786-8671. Thank you for your assistance. PDS/gps Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.