COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 2

January 9, 2004

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2004 School Health Profile Data Collection

 

In 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002 the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) conducted the School Health Education Profile (SHEP) study of 300-370 randomly selected school principals and lead health teachers in grades 6 through 12. This study, now referred to as the School Health Profile, is conducted biennially as part of the VDOEs cooperative agreement with the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

The VDOE has contracted with the Virginia Comprehensive School Health Education Training and Resource Center (VCHETRC) at Longwood University to conduct the study in 2004. This center will conduct the study among approximately 350 randomly selected schools during the spring of 2004.

 

The School Health Profile (Profile) study will be used to obtain accurate data on current school health education activities. This will help the VDOE, Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies and organizations to develop or revise programs to improve the delivery of school health education to students. The data will help in planning staff development activities, allocating program resources, and providing a basis for future funding requests.

 

Participation in the study is voluntary. However, the VDOE believes the data are useful and would appreciate it if the persons selected will complete and return the questionnaires to the VCHETRC at Longwood University. Data on the questionnaires are confidential. No data will be reported about school divisions, individual schools, principals, or teachers. Staff members at Longwood University will analyze the data and prepare a report on the study to share with state and local agencies and organizations.

 

A copy of the 2002 School Health Education Profile Report is available in print or online. Online versions are at: www.lwc.edu/vchetrc/survey research projects.htm. Print copies are available by contacting Muriel Azria-Evans, comprehensive school health specialist, at (804) 225-4543 or mazria-e@mail.vak12ed.edu. A report will be mailed promptly.

 

Additionally, if there are questions about the study or the survey process, contact Dr. Azria-Evans.