State policies leave Virginia district with more questions than answers
At the regular board meeting of the Virginia School District Superintendent DePatis provided the Board members with information on two new policies the Illinois State Board of Education. The first involves a threat assessment team in which all districts must create a threat assessment team, consisting of administrators, law enforcement personnel, school counselors, school social workers and school psychologists. DePatis stated this is problematic for Virginia and many other small rural schools because most are in special education cooperatives. Special education support staff, which include the school social workers and school psychologist, have limited time within each district. Virginia has a school psychologist and school social worker one day per week. Both of these support staff personnel have a very busy scheduled and their time is limited when they are in the district.