COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 220

October 13, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2006 Revision: Student Conduct Policy Guidelines

 

The Board of Educations Student Conduct Policy Guidelines were first developed in 1994 in response to action by the 1993 General Assembly that required the Board to establish such guidelines, as reflected in 22.1-279.6 of the Code. The guidelines were revised in 2001 and again in 2004 and 2005 to reflect changes in federal and state laws, regulations, and relevant case law. The guidelines are intended to aid school boards in developing and implementing student conduct standards and policies. School boards are required to adopt and revise regulations for codes of student conduct that are consistent with, but may be more stringent than, these guidelines.

 

The 2006 General Assembly made various changes to the Code of Virginia by adopting HB 58 (Fralin prior to substitute) HB 347 (Hamilton), HB 1279 (Barlow), HB 1516 (Tata), SB183/HB588 Puller/Watts), SB 561 (Stolle), and SB 656/HB 95 (Rerras/Lewis). These amendments address internet safety, exclusions from age requirements for compulsory school attendance, notification to principals from law-enforcement authorities of commitment by students of certain crimes, possession of firearms, use of a weapon with an exposed blade on school property or within school buildings, or within 1,000 feet of school property, access to juvenile records held by the Department of Juvenile Justice, and provision of information to school personnel about student criminal convictions and delinquency adjudications at enrollment.

 

In response to the legislation, the Virginia Student Conduct Policy Guidelines have been revised and were adopted by the Board of Education on September 27, 2006. The guidelines may be downloaded from the Department of Educations website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Sped/stu_conduct.pdf

 

Questions may be directed to Arlene Cundiff, coordinator of the safe and drug-free schools program at 804-225-2871, Arlene.Cundiff@doe.virginia.gov or to Cynthia Cave, director of the office of student services at 804-225-2818, Cynthia.Cave@doe.Virginia.gov.

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