SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 36
February 19, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Special Education Transportation Symposium|
Transporting infants, toddlers, and students with special needs has evolved into a major component of public schools' transportation programs. In fact, every day more than 25,000 students with special needs are transported on nearly 1,800 specially equipped school buses to and from schools in the Commonwealth. An additional 2,000-3,000 students with very unique needs are transported in other modes of transportation. The Department of Education is pleased to offer a symposium to certain individuals in the public schools on April 26th and 27th, 1999, at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. Registration will be from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the first general session from 6 pm to 9 pm. Tuesday morning will begin at 7 am with breakfast and roundtable discussions, followed by break-out sessions, lunch, and the second general session. The symposium probably will adjourn around 3 pm on Tuesday, April 27th. For informational purposes, a tentative program is attached. The Department of Education will cover lodging and meal expenses; however, school divisions will be responsible for other travel expenses for their participants. Each school division will be asked to select a team of five individuals, consisting of an administrator responsible for discipline, a special education supervisor, a transportation supervisor, a special needs school bus driver or trainer, and a mechanic. Preference will be given to school divisions sending a complete team; however, everyone who is interested is encouraged to register. Please complete the attached Symposium Registration and Hotel Reservation Forms and return to the Department of Education no later than March 15, 1999. Since space will be limited to approximately 150 individuals, it is imperative to sign up early. Questions can be directed to Dr. Barbara V. Goodman at 804-225-2037. PDS/aam Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and it attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.