COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 132

September 27, 2002

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

22.1-207.1 of the Code of Virginia regarding Adoption and Family Life Education

 

This memorandum provides information regarding an amendment to 22.1-207.1 of the Code of Virginia by the 2002 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Section 22.1-207.1 requires that the Board of Education include the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy in its curriculum guidelines for a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education curriculum. In addition, the bill requires the Board to specify that training teachers of Family Life Education includes training in instructional elements to support the various curriculum components.

 

The 1988 guidelines have been revised to reflect the requirements of the 2002 legislation. In addition, the revision included the language abstinence education, to reflect a change in the Code of Virginia in 1999 and delete reference to inclusion in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for handicapped students. (This language is no longer necessary due to changes in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that requires students to participate in the general curriculum. As a result, there is no need to specifically identify one component of the general curriculum in the IEP.)

Attached are the revised guidelines. Within the next few weeks, you will receive the complete document Family Life Education Board of Education Guidelines for Virginia Public Schools so that any changes to the local Family Life Education curriculum can be made if they are needed.

 

 

 

 

The document may be downloaded from the website:

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2002/inf132a.pdf

 

Questions about the Family Life Education program or the changes to the Code of Virginia may be directed to Fran Anthony Meyer at (804) 225-4543, (mail to: fmeyer@mail.vak12.ed.edu).

 

 

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