COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 153
October 19, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Request for Updated Acceptable Use Policies

In 1999, the General Assembly enacted legislation (Title 22.1-70.2 of the Code of Virginia) which required school divisions to submit an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to the Department of Education. The code was amended in July 2001 to add an additional requirement that school divisions be required to select a filtering technology for all Internet accessible computers.

The new legislation also provides that on or before December 1, 2001, and biennially thereafter, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall submit a report to the Virginia legislature stating that all school divisions are in compliance with the legislation. To that end, each school division will be required to file an updated AUP policy to the Department of Education by November 16, 2001.

Information and assistance for drafting a policy may be found on the Department of Educationís Home Page on the Internet, http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/AUP/home.shtml

If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact Lan Neugent at(804) 786-2260. The policies should be mailed to Mr. Neugent, assistant superintendent of technology, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218.

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