COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 80
April 23, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: AEL Videoconference on School Safety in Rural Settings
The Appalachia Educational Laboratory, in collaboration 
with other labs in the Laboratory Network Program, is 
sponsoring an interactive videoconference that offers 
suggestions for creating a safer setting for rural 
schools.  It will be moderated by Marie Hill, co-author 
of "Creating Safe Schools--What Principals Can Do."

Focus topics will include:

        *       Plans for school emergencies
        *       Lessons learned from school administrators who 
                have been thrust into  violent situations
        *       Collaborations to deal with emergencies and 
                post emergency trauma

Virginia will be represented on the panel by Dr. James 
Upperman, Superintendent of Manassas City Schools and 
Marsha Hubbard, School Safety Specialist, Department of 
Education.  Other panel members include representatives 
from Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Please note the following information:

        DATE:           May 3, 1999
        TIME:           1 p.m.
        SATELLITE:      TELSTAR 4 (Located at 89 degrees 
                        West)
        TRANSPONDER:    232
        TROUBLE:        1-888-540-5465

If you would like more information, please call Charles 
Smith or Dan Branham, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, 
at 1-800-624-9120.


PDS/moh