P. O. BOX 2120

June 6, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. LaPointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Required Fire Inspections in Schools

  Enclosed is a copy of H2083 which requires the State Fire
  Marshal's Office to inspect annually all public schools in the
  Commonwealth that are not inspected by a local fire marshal. 
  The State Fire Marshal estimates that about 1500 of the 1850
  public schools are not now being inspected and will be
  affected by this new law.  The Regional State Fire Marshal's
  Offices will be arranging with a local division in each fire
  region to provide a training site to provide a one day
  workshop this summer for 2 or 3 representatives from each
  school division at each of the 5 regional offices (Marion,
  Roanoke, Richmond, Warrenton, Norfolk).  The workshops will
  focus on what is required by the Statewide Fire Prevention
  Code and what will be inspected by the inspectors.

  It will be to everyone's advantage to eliminate concerns
  before they become violations, and to make the fire inspection
  process a positive experience to improve the safety of the
  schools.  The public will be watching to see that their
  schools conform to the Code and their children are safe.

  Once the 5 locations and dates are set, a notification will be
  sent out in another Superintendent's Memorandum on
  registration procedures.  We have asked that the workshops be
  held in July or early August to eliminate any conflicts with
  your schedule for the opening of schools.  We would suggest
  sending staff that are in charge of maintenance and operation,
  a central office person charged with safety, and a chief
  custodian.  Additional training can be provided for all
  principals at a later date.

  Questions on this subject should be directed to Mr. David L.
  Boddy, Director, Facilities Services at (804) 225-2035.


  Enclosure:   A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.