COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.15

April 21, 2006

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Internet Safety Instruction in Schools

 

 

Legislation approved by the 2006 General Assembly and signed by Governor Kaine adds a requirement to the acceptable Internet use policies developed by the division superintendents that such policies include a component on Internet safety for students. This legislation can be found at the following address:

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+ful+CHAP0052+pdf

 

The Internet safety component must be integrated within a division's instructional program. This legislation also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to issue guidelines to school divisions regarding instructional programs related to Internet safety.

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to communicate to you the provisions of this important piece of legislation and to encourage you to share with this department any well-established resources used by your division to ensure the safe use of the Internet by students in your schools. Since the department is currently in the early stages of drafting guidelines related to this legislation, this is an opportune time to gather resource information from school divisions for inclusion in the guidelines. It is the departments intent to draft guidelines over the summer for release prior to the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.

Should you have information that you would like to have considered during guideline development, please provide the following to the department:

 

      A brief description of the Internet safety program currently used within the division and the length of time that the program has been in place.

      All applicable public website addresses where such information is available.

 

Please send all information no later than May 26, 2006, to Charlie Makela, School Library Media Programs & Research Services specialist, at Charlie.Makela@doe.virginia.gov. You may also contact Ms. Makela directly at (804) 786-9412, should you have any questions.

 

 

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