COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 9
March 17, 2000

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Student Search Guidelines


 As directed by 1998 and 1999 General Assembly action ('22.1-277.01:2), the Board of 
Education, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, has developed 
the document, Guidelines Concerning Student Searches in Public Schools.  The 
guidelines were approved by the Board of Education on November 18, 1999.  

These guidelines are intended to be used by school officials to develop local 
policies and procedures for student searches.  The guidelines cannot address all 
possible issues that could develop as a result of student searches.  It is very 
important for school divisions and their legal counsel to assure that local policies
and practices are in compliance with state and federal laws and constitutional 
principles governing student searches. 

Two copies of the guidelines are enclosed.  Additional copies may be requested at 
no charge. An order form is enclosed for your convenience.

Questions may be directed to Arlene Cundiff in the Office of Compensatory Programs 
at (804) 225-2871.

JLD/ADC/saj

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                                   ORDER FORM 

           GUIDELINES CONCERNING STUDENT SEARCHES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS


These publications are available at no charge and will be provided on a first-come, 
first-served basis as long as the supply lasts.  

Please complete and return this order form to request these publications.  The order 
form should be sent to:

Arlene D. Cundiff, Coordinator
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program
Office of Compensatory Programs 
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120 
Richmond, VA  23218-2120

or  FAX: (804) 786-9769


PLEASE SEND:

 ________         	Guidelines Concerning Student Searches in the
# of copies		Public Schools


Please type or print carefully.


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