COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 48
September 14, 2001
ADMINISTRATIVE
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Survey: Students Receiving Medication at School for Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (House Joint Resolution 660)

House Joint Resolution 660, passed by the 2001 General Assembly, created a joint subcommittee to investigate the improper prescription and illegal use and diversion of Ritalin and OxyContin and to study the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on student performance. As part of its work, the joint subcommittee has requested information about the number of students in Virginia’s public schools that are receiving medication at school to control ADD/ADHD. The subcommittee is also seeking information about actions initiated in schools as a result of stolen medication.

Please submit the enclosed survey for each school in your division; do not submit division-wide aggregated data. Completed forms should be submitted as a package by October 3, 2001, to Gwen P. Smith, specialist, school health services. Questions about the survey may be directed to Ms. Smith at (804) 786-8671 or (mailto:gsmith@mail.vak12ed.edu).

Thank you for your cooperation in the collection of this information.

JLD/hdc

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