P. O. BOX 2120
June 26, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Annual Fire Inspections and Code Updates

  The Department of Education, in cooperation with the State
  Fire Marshal's Office, broadcast a training program on May
  21, 1998, over the DOE Hour, called "Fire Safety Inspections
  in Schools."  The program explained the new regulations
  requiring annual fire inspections and provided additional 
  information on specific issues that will be reviewed by your
  fire inspector.  If you missed the program and would like to
  receive a copy of the tape, please see your media specialist
  who knows how to order a copy, or you may contact Robert
  Traylor, Instructional Center Technician, at (804) 225-2980
  in the Department of Education.  There is a $2 charge for
  public schools.

  The State Fire Marshal's Office will be providing "Annual
  Code Updates for 1998" this summer in regional workshops.
  Attendees should call and register with their regional state
  fire marshal for one of the following programs:

  Western Regional Office     10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. July 21, 1998
  Ph: (540) 562-3546          Bedford City Elementary, Bedford
  Fax: (540) 562-3508

  Tidewater Regional Office   10 a.m.-1 p.m.  July 22, 1998
  Ph: (757) 455-3820          Norfolk Technical Ctr, Norfolk
  Fax: (757) 455-3844

  Central Regional Office      10 a.m.-1 p.m.  July 23, 1998
  Ph: (804) 371-7153           L. Douglas Wilder Middle Sch
  Fax: (804) 371-7092          Richmond

  Northern VA Regional Office 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23, 1998
  Ph: (540) 347-6351          Fauquier County High School
  Fax: (540) 347-6377         Fauquier

  Southwestern Reg. Office    9:00 a.m.-Noon Sept. 2, 1998
  Ph: (540) 783-3461          Wise County Ed. Center, Wise
  Fax: (540) 783-7123

                              9:00 a.m.-Noon Sept. 3, 1998
                              Wythe County School Bd. Office

  If you cannot attend the workshop in your area, you are
  welcome to register and attend any of the other sessions.

  Please register with the regional offices.  For general
  questions, please call Mr. David L. Boddy, Director of
  Facilities Services, at (804) 225-2035.