COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 5

January 9, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Transmittal of the Statement of Administrative Impact and Projected Costs of Implementation for the Proposed Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Day Schools for Students with Disabilities

 

As part of its responsibility for promulgating new regulations or revisions to existing regulations, the Board of Education is required to develop a statement of administrative impact and projected cost of implementing and complying with such regulations. The Board and the Department of Education are required to send a copy of the statement to each division superintendent (Refer to Section 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia).

 

The full text of the Proposed Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Day Schools for Students with Disabilities is available on the internet at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Accountability/fpm-proposedregs-dayschools.pdf. Private day schools for students with disabilities are currently regulated by The Regulations Governing the Operation of Proprietary Schools and Issuing of Agent Permits, which also cover private career schools. The purpose of the new regulations is to separate the current complex and intertwined regulations. This would remove questions about applicability and facilitate assurance that private day schools for students with disabilities are licensed and operated in accordance with 22.1-16 and 822.1-321 of the Code of Virginia.

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE IMPACT

 

The Proposed Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Day Schools for Students with Disabilities would provide

clear, orderly requirements for the establishment and conduct of private day schools for students with disabilities. This will assist school divisions in complying with their responsibilities for students as defined in 8 VAC 20-80-66 Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia. There is no administrative impact to school divisions.

 

PROJECTED COST

 

The Proposed Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Day Schools for Students with Disabilities would not increase the cost to school divisions utilizing the services offered by schools regulated under the proposed regulations. There may be some cost savings to the state in travel as school visits will be required every three years rather than the current requirement of an on-site visit every two years. The savings would be contingent on the number of unannounced visits deemed prudent during the three years.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Carolyn White Hodgins, specialist for private day schools, at chodgins@mail.vak12ed.edu or (804)225-4551.