Superintendent’s Memo #149-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 8, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  School Safety Audit Requirements for 2012-2013

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will be conducting the Virginia School Safety Survey, as required by §22.1-279.8 and 9.1-184 of the Code of Virginia, for the new school year 2012-2013. The survey time frame is from July 30, 2012 through September 28, 2012.

Superintendents are required to:

The secure school safety survey Web site address is:

Additional survey information is available to superintendents and principals at this Web site including:

Access to the survey will be available as of July 30, 2012.  Individual letters will be mailed to the division superintendents by DCJS in the near future.  The letter will include the user identification and password that superintendents will need in order to access the Survey Manager system.

Principals must complete the survey by September 28, 2012, 5 p.m., in order to be in compliance and to be included in the Virginia School Safety Survey Report for the 2012-13 school year. Completion of the survey by each school principal is the only requirement for compliance with the school safety audit portion of the legislation.  Any other processes conducted at the school do not have to be reported to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services or to the Virginia Department of Education. The attachment provides additional detail about the survey process.

Questions regarding the survey or the crisis management plan certification requirement may be directed to Donna Michaelis, manager, at the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Public Safety Training and the Virginia Center for School Safety, at 804-371-6506, or



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