COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.3

January 5, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Zero Tolerance Policies

 

 

During the 2005 legislative session, the House Committee on Education considered but did not pass HB 2202 (Marrs), which would have prohibited the imposition of disciplinary actions against students for possession of a bona fide eating utensil or personal grooming device unless the item was used as a weapon or for intimidation. On behalf of the House Education Committee, Delegate Dillard sent a letter to the Board of Education in February 2005, requesting that the board examine HB 2202 and its related issues and report any findings and recommendations to the committee.

 

A briefing paper entitled Zero Tolerance Policies: An Issue Brief was prepared under the guidance of the Department of Education. It was reviewed and accepted by the Board of Education at its meeting on November 30, 2005. At the direction of the board, the issue brief is now being provided to all school divisions.

 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Cynthia Cave, director of the Office of Student Services, at 804-225-2818 or Cynthia.Cave@doe.virginia.gov.

 

PIW/ADC/erc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf003a.pdf