COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 51
September 29, 2000

ADMINISTRATIVE
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Implementation of House Bill 1541

 
During the 2000 General Assembly session, House Bill 1541 was passed. A copy of the bill is attached. This bill amended the Code of Virginia by adding § 22.1-278.3 which requires school boards to develop and implement, no later than January 1, 2001, policies ensuring that students are not required to convey or deliver materials that:

While § 22.1-278.3 prohibits the use of students in delivering or conveying any materials that advocate a political position, it is not meant to prohibit the discussion of or use of political or issue-oriented materials as part of classroom activities or to prohibit the delivery of informational materials.

Section 22.1-278.3 requires the Board of Education to monitor the implementation of this requirement and to report back to the Co-chairmen of the House Committee on Education and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and Health by the beginning of the 2001 session of the General Assembly. In order to comply with this requirement, this department must collect this information from each local school division. Please complete the attached certification and return it to Dr. Cynthia A. Cave, director of policy, by October 15, 2000 along with a copy of your school division's policy. If the policy is not complete, please forward when completed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Cave (mailto:ccave@mail.vak12ed.edu) at 804/371-0558.

JLD/SGP/gjm

Attachments

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2000/adm051a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2000/adm051b.pdf