VA Superintendent Memos – Jan. 11, 2019



As promised, PEATC will be highlighting recent Superintendent Memos that are released each Friday.  On Friday, January 11, 2019, our Virginia Superintendent released a number memos found here:


We would like to draw your attention to MEMO 006-19
Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network: Profile of a Virginia Graduate Implementation 

Please follow this link to access the full memo:  006-19 (1) pdf

Except from Memo 006-19

“Virginia Department of Education partners are engaged in providing professional learning across the Commonwealth to transform curriculum, assessment, and instruction consistent with the expected outcomes of the Virginia SOLs and the 5 Cs (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and citizenship.)

This next implementation phase will establish up to 20 Lead Innovation teams, the first of three annual cohorts, representing either a single division or collaborative divisions to begin initial formation of a Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network. Within three years, this statewide network will include innovation practices and strategic actions from all Virginia divisions.”

To learn more about this work please visit:

Please follow this link to access the full memo:  006-19 (1) pdf



Virginia Superintendent Memos


Hey Parents – Did you know that on Fridays any Superintendent memos for the week are released?

You can find an archived list here:

What are Superintendent memos?

According to Virginia Department of Education, Superintendent Memos are:   “Weekly memoranda from the superintendent of public instruction are the means by which the Virginia Department of Education communicates official information to the commonwealth’s school divisions. Superintendent’s memoranda are posted on Fridays.”

And why is it important to me?

When our state department of education deems it necessary to document information and send it to our districts in the form of a memo, it is usually new or important information, guidance or opportunities that stakeholders all over Virginia should or need to know. It is sent to the district superintendents and disseminated to school principals, and posted for the public, you and me, to access.  While not every memo is specific to special education families, many are and can be helpful as we gather resources.

Moving forward in 2019, PEATC will be highlighting Superintendent Memos, sometimes called Supts. Memos relevant to our community on a weekly, monthly or as they are released basis.

As we look forward to the coming year of memos, we thought we would review some of the top 2018 memos that our community of special education families might find interesting.  The 13 memos highlighted are just a few of the over 300 memos that were sent out in 2018.



Department of Education

Superintendent Memos Highlights for 2018

Note – Links to memos below are direct links or a link to the VDOE site where memos can be searched by date or memo number.


Jan 12, 2018 – MEMO 002-18 – Compliance Reminders Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act-

March 16, 2018 – MEMO 055-18 – Revisions to AIM-VA Resources for Students with Print Disabilities –

March 30, 2018 – MEMO 062-18 – Guidance for the IEP/504 Team for the Read Aloud Accommodation Determination for the Standards of Learning Reading Test/End of Course Test –

April 27, 2018 – MEMO 105-18 – Virginia Early Childhood Inclusion Guidance Document –

April 27, 2018 – MEMO 100-18 – Implementation of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program for 2018-2019 –

Oct 26, 2018 – MEMO 297-18 – Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) – Approval of State Plan Amendment and Release of U. S. Department of Education (USED) Guide for Parents –

Oct 26, 2018 – MEMO 295-18 – Training Opportunity – Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities –

Nov 2, 2018 – MEMO 310-18 – Special Education Requirements Under the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) –

Nov 30, 2018 – MEMO 322-18 – Virginia’s Special Permission Credit Accommodation for Locally Awarded Verified Credit –

Nov 30, 2018 – MEMO 320-18 – Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs –

Nov 30, 2018 – Memo 320-18 – Attachment A: Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs Application –

Dec 14, 2018 – MEMO 340-18 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Maintenance of Effort (IDEA MOE) Requirements for School Divisions 2017-2018

  • Memo 340-18 Attachment A: IDEA MOE Guidance Document
  • Memo 340-18 Attachment B: IDEA MOE Application User’s Manual

Dec 21, 2018 – MEMO 343-18 – Update on Virginia Department of Education Study of Special Education Regional Programs  –


CADRE Hosts New Webinar on Self Care

Self-Care Strategies for Families with Children with Disabilities

Presented by: CADRE
January 9, 2019 – 10:00am – 11:15am
Please note: Time is Pacific

About the WebinarSelf-care for the caregiver of a child with disabilities is a complicated topic that fellow caregivers find frustrating. The reality is simply most of us cannot fathom having the time or the capability to address our own needs ahead of a child with complex needs. This presentation encourages us to redefine what self-care really means for the parent of a child with disabilities.

For more information visit CADRE:

Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent’s Guide

Image of the first page of this tip sheet, if it were laid outAge of majority is the age when children legally become adults. At this time, they gain the rights of adults, which include the right to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions for themselves, sign contracts, live independently, and much more. In most states, the age of majority is age 18.

We invite you to read more here:


Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

The CPI-W rises when prices increase for the things the average consumer buys. This means that when prices for goods and services we purchase become more expensive, on average, the COLA increases monthly benefit levels and helps you keep up with the changing cost of living.

As a result, more than 67 million Americans will see a 2.8 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2019.

Read more here:


Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness

Virginia’s Definition of School Readiness

“School readiness” describes the capabilities of children, their families, schools, and communities that will best promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in the development of school readiness. No one component can stand on its own.

  • Ready Children. A ready child is prepared socially, personally, physically, and intellectually within the developmental domains addressed in Virginia’s six Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development, and personal and social development. Children develop holistically; growth and development in one area depends upon development in other areas.
  • Ready Families. A ready family has adults who understand they are the most important people in the child’s life and take responsibility for the child’s school readiness through direct, frequent, and positive involvement and interest in the child. Adults recognize their role as the child’s first and most important teacher, providing steady and supportive relationships, ensuring safe and consistent environments, promoting good health, and fostering curiosity, excitement about learning, determination, and self-control.
  • Ready Schools. A ready school accepts all children and provides a seamless transition to a high-quality learning environment by engaging the whole community. A ready school welcomes all children with opportunities to enhance and build confidence in their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Children in ready schools are led by skilled teachers, who recognize, reinforce, and extend children’s strengths and who are sensitive to cultural values and individual differences.
  • Ready Communities. A ready community plays a crucial part in supporting families in their role as primary stewards of children’s readiness. Ready communities, including businesses, faith-based organizations, early childhood service providers, community groups and local governments, work together to support children’s school and long term success by providing families affordable access to information, services, high-quality child care, and early learning opportunities.

Superintendent’s memo released June 29, 2018 

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program

For more information about VKRP, Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program please visit:



Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development


Seriously Speaking: Delayed Speech or Language Development
(Also available in Spanish) |

Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help parents figure out if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule.  This article from KidsHealth shares valuable information.


Resource Alert – Mental Health


Information for Educators, Students, Parents, and Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.