COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 156

July 11, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Guidelines for School Division Policy Regarding Service Dogs in Virginia's Public Schools

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance for school divisions developing policy regarding service dogs in Virginia's public schools. Amendments to the Virginians with Disabilities Act, at 55.1-44, took effect on July 1, 2008. The specific language was intended to include public schools in the group of public entities that must meet the requirements of this statute.

 

The Guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/dueproc/service_dog_guidelines.pdf

 

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Judy Douglas, director of dispute resolution and administrative services, by telephone at (804) 225-2771, or e-mail at Judy.Douglas@doe.virginia.gov

 

 

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