COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 159

August 18, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

New Publication: Safe Schools and Safe Students in Virginia

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)in order to share the latest information on school and student safety in a new resource publication entitled Safe Schools and Safe Students in Virginia.

 

We encourage you to use Safe Schools and Safe Students in Virginia as a resource for administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, school nurses, coaches, and all other school personnel who are in a position to influence the safety of students and staff. This resource guide addresses eight components of school and student safety. It provides recommendations for keeping students safe while they are in school, on school grounds, on their way to and from school, or involved in school-sponsored activities. The publication also provides information on helpful Virginia and national resources to assist in achieving safety-related goals.

 

The guide was adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions School Health Index (http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/shi/Default.aspx) and the Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools (http://www.nationalguidelines.org), a production of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of School Nurses, and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

 

The guidelines are currently being disseminated to school administrators and other relevant school staff and will continue to be promoted at school-related conferences. They can also be ordered, free of charge, online at http://www.injuryfreeschoolsva.org. They may be found on the Department of Healths website at http://www.vahealth.org/civp/educator/safeschoolsguide.asp.

 

Questions regarding Safe Schools and Safe Students in Virginia may be directed to Arlene Cundiff, coordinator of the safe and drug-free schools program, via e-mail Arlene.Cundiff@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804)225-2871 or to Shannon Wright, school-based injury prevention coordinator at the Virginia Department of Health via e-mail Shannon.Wright@vdh.virginia.gov or telephone (804)864-7743.

 

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