DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 96
April 18, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
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
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Arlene Cundiff, coordinator of the safe and drug-free schools program with
the Virginia Department of Education, at 804-225-2871, or email@example.com.