COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 246

December 16, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2006 School Health Profile Data Collection

 

In 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004 the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) conducted the School Health Profile (SHP) study of 300-370 randomly selected school principals and lead health teachers in grades 6 through 12. 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 2006. The study will be conducted among approximately 270 randomly selected schools during the spring of 2006.

 

The School Health Profile (Profile) study will be used to obtain accurate data on current school health education activities. This will help the VDOE, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies and organizations to develop or revise programs to improve the delivery of school health services 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 data are useful for program planning, and we encourage the surveys completion and return 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 to be shared with state and local agencies and organizations.

 

A copy of the 2004 School Health Profile Report is available online at: http://www.longwood.edu/vchetrc/Data%20and%20Publications.htm. If there are questions about the study or the survey process, contact Muriel Azria-Evans, student services specialist, at (804) 225-4543 or Muriel.Azria-Evans@doe.virginia.gov.

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