Community Resources

Throughout the Code of Virginia there are requirements for schools to communicate or collaborate with local agencies that have legal responsibilities for protecting or serving children and families. Listed below are brief descriptions of key state and local agencies that schools are required by law to notify or work with in some way.

Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

  • School Safety Audits and School Crisis Plan Certification
  • School Safety Training
  • School Resource Officer Training
  • School Security Officer Certification Program

Virginia Office of the Attorney General

  • Virginia Rules Curriculum
  • Legal Resources in Virginia

Virginia Department of Social Services

  • Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect
  • Reports of non-attendance of children in families receiving public assistance

Virginia Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services

  • Directory of Virginia's 40 community services boards
  • Mental health emergency/crisis resources

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

  • Directory of local Juvenile court service units
  • Information on juvenile justice

Juvenile Law Handbook for Administrators goes online

For many years the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services has printed the Juvenile Law Handbook for School Administrators. We are pleased to incorporate the material into the Virginia Rules website, allowing administrators to access the latest updated information in an online, searchable format.

Juvenile Law Handbook for Administrators, PDF print version, July 2017

VDOE Discipline, Crime and Violence Definitions

The Virginia Department of Education updates DCV Definitions annually.

For more information on reporting, visit VDOE's School Safety section.

Code of Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly has posted the entire Code of Virginia online for web searching. You can perform a search by using key word(s), phrases or section numbers. You can also use the Table of Contents to view all Titles, Chapters, and Sections.

To explore the searchable Code of Virginia, go to the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System (LIS).