Student & School Support
VDOE and the commonwealth’s public schools work in partnership to support and improve teaching and learning through a variety of programs and activities promoting the safety and well being of students.
The safety of transportation of public school pupils is a responsibility shared by school bus drivers, school divisions, VDOE and parents.
VDOE supports schools in this critical area by providing technical support, resources and model plans and policies.
VDOE is committed to supporting school nutrition programs in the Commonwealth, ensuring that every Virginia child has healthy food options and opportunities for nutrition education.
VDOE coordinates resources to support school and division continuous improvement efforts that advance learning outcomes.
VDOE provides leadership and technical services to Virginia's public school facilities
Attendance & School Engagement
School attendance is essential to academic success. Research shows that missing as little as two days every month, or ten percent of the school year can have a significant impact on students.
State Operated Programs
State Operated Programs (SOP) refers to education programs in specialized children’s hospitals, mental health facilities, and regional and local juvenile detention homes.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law that protects the privacy of Student Education (scholastic) Records.
Student Assistance Programming
Student Assistance Programming provides specialized support to ensure student success and directs students to school-based or community services providers as may be appropriate.
The Guidance for the Provision of Specialized Student Support Positions in Virginia Public Schools
The Guidance for the Provision of Specialized Student Support Positions in Virginia Public Schools-This is a PDF document. was developed in response to Senate Bill 1257 to amend and reenact §§ 22.1-253.13:2 and 22.1-274 of the Code of Virginia. It will assist school divisions in meeting this legislation, including defining Specialized Student Support positions, what constitutes “other licensed health and behavioral positions,” and information about funding for the positions.
Student Services Learning Resource Center
The VDOE Office of Student Services has partnered with the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems at Old Dominion University to develop the Student Services Learning Resource Center. This website is a one-stop professional development and resource collection for specialized instructional support personnel such as school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators.