COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
January 20, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
This memo is to announce the data collection period for the 2012 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). The data will be reported at the state level. For 2012, 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 teachers of Health, Physical Education and Family Life to complete the survey. A copy of the letter to be sent to principals in January is attached.
The School Health Profile 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 also 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 by the end of January 2012, and is to be completed and returned to Caroline Fuller, Virginia Department of Education, Post Office Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120, by March 9, 2012. Schools not returning the survey will be contacted by Mrs. Fuller for follow-up.
If there are questions concerning this survey, please contact Caroline Fuller, comprehensive school health specialist, at (804) 225-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.