COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 163
September 3, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Expulsion of Students Under Certain Circumstances and for Certain Drug Offense

 
This memo is to bring to your attention legislation enacted 
by the 1999 General Assembly that amends the Code of 
Virginia related to the expulsion of students under certain 
circumstances and for certain drug offenses.

HB 1462 and SB 1136 amended 22.1-277.01 related to 
expulsions for a weapons offense in the following ways:

    1. A school administrator or a school board may 
       determine by way of a preliminary review that no 
       disciplinary action or some other disciplinary 
       action is appropriate in lieu of expulsion "for a 
       particular situation." A school board may 
       promulgate guidelines for determining what 
       constitutes special circumstances.

    2. Such guidelines shall ensure that any disciplinary 
       action is in accordance with 22.1-277.

In addition, HB 1462 eliminates the exception for possession 
of an unloaded firearm in a closed container or a motor 
vehicle. Also, SB 1136 allows school boards to authorize by 
regulation the division superintendent or his designee to 
conduct a preliminary review to determine if a disciplinary 
action other than expulsion is appropriate for weapons 
offenses.

HB 2144 and SB 1135 amended 22.1-277.01 related to expulsion 
for a drug offense in the following ways:

    1. By regulation, a school board may authorize the 
       division superintendent or his designee to conduct 
       a preliminary review to determine if a 
       disciplinary action other than expulsion is 
       appropriate for drug offenses.


    2. If another disciplinary action is deemed 
       appropriate, such action shall be in accordance 
       with the procedures in 22.1-277.

Copies of this legislation are attached.

If you have any questions, please contact Marsha Owens 
Hubbard, School Safety Specialist, at (804) 225-2928.


PDS/moh
Attachment(s):  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
                will be sent to the superintendent's office.