Superintendent's Memo #034-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 4, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Rules Curriculum & the Web-Based Juvenile Justice Law Handbook for Administrators

The Virginia Office of the Attorney General, in collaboration with the Department of Education and other state agencies, is pleased to announce a free, online, law-related education program: Virginia Rules. Also available, as part of the Virginia Rules Web site, is the newly updated Virginia Juvenile Law Handbook for School Administrators.

Virginia Rules is Virginia's new state-specific, law-related education program for middle and high school students. The purpose of Virginia Rules is to educate students about Virginia's laws and help them develop the skills needed to make sound decisions.

Virginia Rules features 19 lessons, which are correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), and a Web site designed to be used by students, parents, administrators, and Virginia Rules instructors. Instructors are able to access and download lessons, including student worksheets, student topical handouts, and supplemental materials and resource links.

The Office of the Attorney General is also partnering with the Department of Criminal Justice Services to host the new Virginia Juvenile Law Handbook for School Administrators. This handbook is a quick-access, user-friendly guide to the Code of Virginia, as it applies to juveniles. The Virginia Juvenile Law Handbook for School Administrators is designed to serve as a resource for school administrators and other school personnel.

More information will be available soon on the Virginia Rules Web site at http://www.VirginiaRules.com. Questions may be directed to April Crawford, coordinator of the Virginia Rules Program, at 804-692-0483 or acrawford@oag.state.va.us or Jo Ann Burkholder, coordinator of safe and drug-free schools, at 804-371-7586 or joann.burkholder@doe.virginia.gov.

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