COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 146
October 9, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: School Enrollment of Children of Military Personnel Temporarily Relocated Due to Deployment to Active Military Operations

As a result of questions from various school divisions regarding whether a Special Power of Attorney is sufficient evidence of custody under the Code of Virginia in which to allow the enrollment of a student as a resident of that school division, we asked the Office of the Attorney General for advice. The attached memorandum from the Attorney General concludes that during this time of both state and national states of emergency, a Special Power of Attorney (or substantially similar designation of a power of attorney), prepared and signed by a deployed military parent, is sufficient to have that child properly enrolled in the school division where the child resides with the designated caretaker.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne D. Wescott (mailto:awescott@pen.k12.va.us), assistant superintendent for policy and public affairs at (804) 225-2403.

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