Superintendent's Memo #085-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 3, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: School Health and Education Partnership Conference, July 13-15, 2009

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the School Health and Education Partnership Conference to be held at Longwood University, July 13-15, 2009. This conference promotes coordinated school health and building partnerships between school health educators and school health providers. It provides an opportunity for participants to learn together and support each other’s roles in the school setting.

The conference is appropriate for teachers, instructional specialists, administrators, school nurses, health assistants, supervisors of health services, counselors, social workers, parents, community-based educators, and related positions.

The keynote address is entitled “Vulnerable Goth Teens: The Role of Schools in This Psychosocial High-risk Culture,” and will be presented by Carolyn M. Rutledge, Ph.D., CFNP, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; and Don Rimer, AA, Retired Detective, Virginia Beach Police Department.

A sample of the sessions to be offered includes:

Registration for the three day conference is $85 and includes training materials, lodging, and meals. Lodging will be available in dormitories on the Longwood University campus. Please feel free to duplicate the attached conference brochure and registration form and distribute them to anyone who might be interested. Early registration ends May 30th. Participants may register by mailing the completed registration form and payment to Mary Hall, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, 20th Floor, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

Questions may be directed to Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at (804)786-8671 or or Caroline Fuller, comprehensive school health specialist, at (804) 225-2431 or

PIW / tbc

a. School Health and Education Partnership Conference Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)