DATE: June 29, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

School Safety Audit Requirements for 2018-2019


In accordance with Section §22.1-279.8: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. of the Code of Virginia, schools in Virginia are required to complete an annual School Safety Survey.  Superintendents are required to:

The survey period for the Virginia School Safety Survey and the division level survey will begin on Monday, August 6, 2018, and will end on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 5 p.m.  Superintendents will receive instructions to access the Survey Manager system via email from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS).  

The Virginia School Safety Survey website: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. will serve to assist principals in completing the school safety survey.  This website will also aid superintendents or their designees in managing the administration of the school survey within their divisions and will provide additional information and resources.  Other information available on this website includes: 

Like last year, this year’s survey will feature an extensive section on threat assessment.  As part of Section §22.1-79.4: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. of the Code of Virginia, DCJS is required to collect data on the activities of threat assessment teams in Virginia schools.  This portion of the survey will ask principals to provide details on cases conducted by their threat assessment teams. 

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the school safety audit requirements, please contact Shellie Evers by email at Shellie.Evers@dcjs.virginia.gov: Email link. , or by telephone at (804) 678-8993, or James Christian by email James.Christian@dcjs.virginia.gov: Email link. , or by telephone at (804) 357-0967.

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