Superintendent's Memo #315-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 13, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Joint School Regulations

Revisions to the Regulations Governing Jointly Owned and Operated Schools and Jointly Operated Programs were adopted by the Board of Education on April 30, 2009, and became effective October 19, 2009. Because the changes in the revised regulations were extensive, the previous regulations, 8 VAC 20-280-10 et seq., have been repealed and the new regulations were promulgated bearing the numbers 8 VAC 20-281-10 et seq.

These regulations provide joint schools and programs and joint school boards with guidance and operating procedures that support regional efforts to establish schools and programs that meet the needs of their communities and ensure that these schools and programs are managed appropriately and in a fiscally sound manner.

Highlights of the new regulations include the following:

Effective July 1, 2008, a joint school or program in operation prior to October 19, 2009, may request a waiver of the new requirements of the regulations. This waiver request shall be submitted by the Board of Education in a manner prescribed by the board. If the Board of Education grants the waiver request, the approved school shall continue to operate under the previous version of the regulations.

Please contact the Office of Policy and Communications at (804) 225-2092 or by e-mail at if you have any questions about these regulations.