Superintendent’s Memo #186-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 19, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Virginia Center for School Safety – Current Trainings
                   FEMA Emergency Management Institute Online Training

The Virginia Center for School Safety (VCSS) within the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice services provides a variety of training, resources and support to Virginia schools.  The current list of K-12 related trainings is listed below. These trainings are free unless otherwise noted.

2013 School and Campus Safety Training Forum (2 ½ day conference, $100)
August 5-7, 2013 Hampton Convention Center, Hampton, VA
Threat Assessment (Four, One-day workshops for the K-12 Environment)
August 14, 2013 New River Community College, Dublin, VA
August 20, 2013 Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA
August 27, 2013 Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg, VA
August 29, 2013 Richard Bland Community College, Petersburg, VA
Back to School Safety and Security Workshop for Schools and Campuses
August 21, 2013 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
School Resource Officer/School Security Officer Basic Training (Administrators welcome)
October 15-18, 2013 Roanoke Police Academy, Roanoke, VA
Two-day Principal/School Administrator and Law Enforcement Forums (Various locations, under development)
Fall  2013  Topics will include Legal Issues/Threat Management Systems, new legislation and implications for K-12 schools, Safety Audits and Safety Audit Teams, crime reporting, and school safety inspection checklists based on CPTED concepts.

Registration and additional information including available resources is available on the VCSS Web site at

Questions may be directed to Donna Michaelis, manager, Public Safety Training, VCSS, at 804-371-6506, or, or Shellie MacKenzie, school and campus safety training coordinator, VCSS, at 804-225-1863 or

FEMA Offers Mass Casualty Training to Schools and Higher Education Institutions
Emergency managers and administrators in K-12 schools and higher education institutions may receive free online training to be prepared for mass casualty events.  Available on FEMA’s training Web site, the course is designed to help develop planning and response procedures to possible threats.  The three-hour course offers 0.3 “Continuing Education Units (CEUs)” and a course certification upon completion of the exam.  To register for the course, go to