P. O. BOX 2120
May 15, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum Exposition and Administrators' Workshop 

  The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with a
  number of private and public agencies, is pleased to announce
  the availability of the first Comprehensive Health Education
  Curriculum Exposition.  The Exposition will be held at
  Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, July 8-10, 1998.  

  The Exposition is designed for all school, college/university,
  and community personnel involved in various components of
  comprehensive school health education.  This three-day event
  will provide information about effective research-based
  curricula, exhibits and workshop presentations on current
  school health education curricula:

     Intentional and unintentional injuries (including
       violence prevention)
     Tobacco, alcohol and other drug use prevention
     Sexual behaviors that lead to STDs/HIV/AIDS and
       unintended pregnancy
     Dietary habits that lead to disease
     Physical activity
     Assessment of curricula
     Comprehensive school health curricula
     Parent/community involvement.    

  Additionally, a one-day training seminar specifically designed
  for school administrators will be held in conjunction with the
  Exposition on July 9, 1998.  The seminar will address the
  direct links between a child's health, academic achievement,
  social responsibility, and personal success.  The one-day
  seminar will be held in conjunction with the Exposition on
  July 9, 1998.  

  Detailed information about each event is enclosed.  For
  conference information, contact Dr. Chrystyna Kosarchyn,
  conference director at 804/395-2543. If you have questions
  about the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, please call
  Arlene Cundiff in the Office of Compensatory Programs at
  804/225-2871.  Questions about the HIV/STDs and the
  Comprehensive School Health Program should be directed to Dr.
  Fran Anthony Meyer at 804/225-4543 in the Office of Special
  Education and Student Services.


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