COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 96

April 18, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Annual Review of Crisis Plans

 

In accordance with the Code of Virginia at 22.1-279.8, local school boards are required to annually review the written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans of each school in the division. The superintendent shall certify in writing that review has taken place no later than August 31 of each year to the Virginia Center for School Safety (VCSS).

 

The Code also provides that the local school board shall have the authority to withhold or limit the review of any security plans and specific vulnerability assessment components as provided in 2.2-3705.2.

 

In addition, Code 22.1-279.8 includes the requirement for developed written crisis plans, the role of this Department and the VCSS, as well as the safety audit information. It may be accessed at the following address: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+22.1-279.8

 

In order to certify the completion of the crisis plan review, superintendents will utilize the same Web-based Survey Manager website as provided in the 2007 crisis plan review and safety audit survey processes. The VCSS will mail, by letter, to superintendents their usernames and passwords to log onto the website. The superintendent will need only to provide his/her initials and select the certification button to complete the process after log-in.

Information will also be available soon at the website for the VCSS at http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/vcss/. Questions may be directed to Donna Bowman, manager of the VCSS at 804-371-6506, donna.bowman@dcjs.virginia.gov or Arlene Cundiff, coordinator of the safe and drug-free schools program with the Virginia Department of Education, at 804-225-2871, or arlene.cundiff@doe.virginia.gov.

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