September 2, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: OSEP Dear Colleague Letter: Behavior and IDEA


On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued a Dear Colleague Letter to provide significant guidance to school divisions and other agencies on their responsibility to provide appropriate behavioral supports and interventions to allow children with disabilities to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The guidance includes the following:

The Dear Colleague Letter, a summary, and several accompanying resources may be found at the following link: link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.
If you have any questions regarding this Dear Colleague Letter, please contact Dr. Patricia Abrams at (804) 225-2707 or at