DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 178
August 8, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
School Safety Audit and Crisis Management Plan Certification Requirements for 2008-09
The purpose of this memo is to provide information for
completing the 2008-09 school safety survey and crisis management plan
certification requirements. The
Additional survey information is available on the website including:
Access to the survey will be available beginning August 25, 2008. Individual letters will be mailed to the division superintendents by the VCSS in the near future. The letter will include the user identification and password that superintendents will need in order to access the Survey Manager system.
Principals must complete the survey by September
26, 2008, 5 p.m., in order to be in compliance and to be included in the
Virginia School Safety Survey Report for the 2008-09 school year. Completion of
the survey by each school principal is the only requirement to be in compliance
with the school safety audit portion of the legislation. Any other processes conducted at the school
do not have to be reported to the
The school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plan portion of the Code of Virginia (22.1-279.8) requires that the division superintendent certify to the Virginia Center for School Safety that the local school board has reviewed the division schools' crisis plans by August 31st of each year. Please refer to Superintendent's Memo 96, Annual Review of Crisis Plan, dated April 18, 2008, for additional information or visit the school safety audit website listed above.
Questions regarding the survey or the
crisis management plan certification requirement may be directed to