COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 7, 2015
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
This memo is to inform you of CTE courses in which school divisions may not use staffing flexibility. Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 165-15, issued on July 10, 2015, outlines statutory and Appropriation Act flexibility provisions. Specifically, Item 136.A.16 of the 2015 Appropriation Act allows school divisions to increase teacher to pupil staffing ratio requirements for “Career and Technical funded programs (other than on Career and Technical courses where school divisions will have to maintain a maximum class size based on federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration safety requirements) …” and whereas the Board of Education’s Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education have set the maximum class size at twenty as described below.
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has worked with the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education to identify CTE classes impacted by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Sections 1-3 of Board of Education regulation 8VAC20-120-150, Maximum Class Size, provide the following:
“Enrollments in career and technical education courses shall not exceed the number of individual work stations.
According to Board of Education regulation 8VAC20-120-170, Student Safety:
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact George R. Willcox, coordinator for planning, administration, and accountability, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, at CTE@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2052.