Superintendent's Memo #310-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 6, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Annual Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) Program Progress Report for 2008-2009

Section 4116 of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires the collection of information about state and local implementation of the SDFSCA. States are required to submit information on state and local programs conducted with assistance furnished through the SDFSCA. Information from school divisions is required for inclusion in the Virginia report to the United States Department of Education.

The SDFSCA progress report for school year 2008-2009 is due to the Virginia Department of Education no later than November 27, 2009. SDFSCA coordinators were notified of this deadline in late September.

Items in the report remain essentially unchanged from last year's report. Like last year, data will be collected through a data entry port on the Single Sign-on for Web Systems (SSWS) website. The site is now open to begin entering information. The link to the website is Paper copies are not accepted.

SDFSCA coordinators will need to obtain access to the "Safe and Drug-Free Progress Report" by contacting their school division's SSWS account manager. Your school division's SSWS account manager will need to update permissions in order for the SDFSCA coordinator to access the "Safe and Drug-Free Progress Report." An e-mail has been sent to all SDFSCA coordinators and SSWS account managers to share this information.

Attached is a copy of the online progress reporting format and instructions. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Susan FitzPatrick, grants and reports manager, by e-mail at or telephone (804) 225-2897.



a. Online Progress Reporting Format and Instructions (PDF)