Superintendent's Memo #218-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 12, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Updated Family Life Education Guidelines and Standards of Learning

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information regarding revisions to the Family Life Education Guidelines and Standards of Learning, which were approved by the Virginia Board of Education on July 28, 2011.  The revisions satisfy the requirements of Senate Bill 906, which directed the Board of Education to require “dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once in middle school and at least twice in high school.”  In addition, technical edits have been made to the standards to conform to current terminology.

Senate Bill 906 (Deeds) Chapter 634 § 1 was passed as an uncodified Act of the General Assembly.  It states:

… that any family life education curriculum offered by a local school division shall require the Standards of Learning objectives related to dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once in middle school and at least twice in high school, as described in the Board of Education's family life education guidelines.

Technical edits have been made throughout the document.  The standards that were revised to comply with the 2011 legislation are listed below.

Grade Level

Amended Standards of Learning Descriptive Statements Page
Seventh Grade 7.3, 7.4 28
Eighth Grade 8.5, 8.13 31-32
Tenth Grade 10.7 37

 

 

 

 

 

The revised guidelines may be downloaded from the Department of Education’s Web site: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/family_life_education/index.shtml.  Questions concerning the Family Life Education program may be directed to Caroline Fuller at (804) 225-2431 or by e-mail at Caroline.Fuller@doe.virginia.gov.

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