P. O. BOX 2120

December 3, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Individual Student Alternative Education Program

The Virginia Department of Education will make $2,247,581 available for reimbursement
of expenditures by school divisions for students with an Individual Student 
Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) as set forth in Virginia School Law 22.1-254.D.
These funds are authorized under financial assistance for ISAEP services by the 
1999 Virginia General Assembly and are offered contingent upon availability.

Reimbursement for the fiscal year 1999-2000 will be for services for students 16
years of age and older who meet the provisions established in the Code and by the 
Board of Education.  The provisions include:

     *a meeting between the student, parents, and principal/designee
     *the development of an Individualized Student Alternative Education Program
     *career guidance counseling
     *attendance in a general educational development (GED) or other alternative 
      education program for students that meet qualifications
     *counseling on the economic impact of failing to complete high school, and
     *procedures for reenrollment

To assist you in initiating an ISAEP program for 1999-2000, the following resources 
are attached:  

     Attachment A - ISAEP Allocations 
     Attachment B - ISAEP Regional Briefings Registration Form
     Attachment C - DOE Hour Announcement for January 18, 2000
     Attachment D - ISAEP Guidelines approved by the Board
     Attachment E - ISAEP Application forms and procedures

Please submit your application no later than February 11, 2000.  If no program is 
planned, write on the face of the application form your school division name and 
code, as well as the words "NO PROGRAM PLANNED."

Return the application to:

                       Dr. Neils W. Brooks, Sr., Director
                Office of Vocational and Adult Education Services
                        Virginia Department of Education
                               P. O. Box 2120
                          Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Contact Dr. Joy Goodrich, GED instructional specialist, (804) 786-7644, for 
programmatic questions.  Contact Mrs. Becky Marable, grants manager, (804) 225-2850,
concerning fiscal questions.


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