COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 95
May 7, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Reports of Certain Acts to School Authorities
This memo is to bring your attention to changes made by 
the 1999 General Assembly to 22.1-280.1 of the Code of 
Virginia related to "reports of certain acts to school 
authorities."  Several provisions have been added to this 
Code section to strengthen the reporting requirements for 
incidents involving violent acts, controlled substances 
and drugs, threats against school personnel, and 
illegally carrying a firearm onto school property. As a 
result of our increased scrutiny of school safety 
policies, we wanted to highlight changes to subsection C 
which involve local policy adoption.

For your convenience, a copy of this new legislation has 
been attached.

If you have any questions about this legislative change, 
you may contact Diane Atkinson, Assistant Superintendent 
for Policy and Public Affairs at (804) 225-2403. 

PDS/ci

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