COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 134

June 25, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Proposed Guidelines for Alternatives to Dissection

 

On June 23, 2004, the Virginia Board of Education approved for first review a draft of Proposed Guidelines for Alternatives to Dissection. This was pursuant to House Bill 1018 of the 2004 General Assembly that amended the Code of Virginia to include 22.1-200.01 directing the Board of Education to establish guidelines to be implemented by local school divisions regarding alternatives to animal dissection. The Virginia Board of Educations final review of the guidelines is scheduled for its July 21, 2004, meeting in Richmond. The wording of the General Assemblys legislation follows:

 

22.1-200.01 Alternatives to animal dissection.

Local school divisions shall provide students with alternatives to animal dissection techniques within the relevant public school curriculum or course. The Board of Education shall establish guidelines to be implemented by local school divisions regarding such alternative dissection techniques. Such guidelines shall address, but shall not be limited to, (i) the use of detailed models of animal anatomy and computer simulations as alternatives to dissection; (ii) notification of students and parents of the option to decline to participate in animal dissection; and (iii) such other issues as the Board deems appropriate.

 

A copy of the Proposed Guidelines for Alternatives to Dissection is attached for your review and comment. If you would like to provide any general or specific feedback, please contact Eric Rhoades (erhoades@mail.vak12ed.edu), science specialist, Office of Secondary Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2676 or Paula Klonowski (pklonows@mail.vak12ed.edu), science specialist, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at (804) 371-0249 at your earliest convenience and prior to July 7, 2004.

 

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