DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 159
August 18, 2006
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
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
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
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
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.