Superintendent's Memo #002-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 8, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2010 School Health Profiles Data Collection

This memo is to announce the data collection period for the 2010 School Health Profiles. The School Health Profile is conducted biennially as part of the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) cooperative agreement with the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For 2010, 420 schools, representing 122 school divisions, have been randomly selected to receive the survey.

Principals of selected schools will receive a survey packet from the Virginia Department of Education. Packet contents include a Principal survey, Lead Health Teacher survey and return envelope. If a school does not have an identified Lead Health Teacher, it is appropriate for the Health, Physical Education, and Family Life teachers to complete the survey as a department.

The School Health Profiles questionnaires will be used to obtain accurate data on current school health education activities. This will help the VDOE, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies and organizations develop or revise programs to improve the delivery of school health services to students. The data will help in planning staff development activities, allocating program resources, and providing a basis for future funding requests.

Participation in the study is voluntary. The survey will be mailed to the selected schools and is to be completed and returned to Caroline Fuller, VDOE, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219, by February 26, 2010. Schools not returning the survey will be contacted by the Comprehensive School Health Specialist for follow-up.

If there are questions concerning this survey, please contact Caroline Fuller, comprehensive school health specialist, at (804) 225-2431 or caroline.fuller@doe.virginia.gov.

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Attachments:

  1. 2010 School Health Profiles Principal Questionnaire (PDF)
  2. 2010 School Health Profiles Lead Health Education Teacher Questionnaire (PDF)