The Board of Education is seeking comment on the proposed Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse in Virginia Public Schools. See: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2010/11_nov/agenda_items/item_h.pdf
The 2008 General Assembly adopted legislation (HB 1439 and SB 241) amending Standard 7 of the Standards of Quality to require school boards to adopt policies addressing sexual abuse of students by teachers and other school board employees:
§ 22.1-253.13:7. Standard 7. School board policies. A. Each local school board shall develop policies and procedures to address complaints of sexual abuse of a student by a teacher or other school board employee.
The Virginia Board of Education developed proposed Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse in Virginia Public Schools to help school divisions meet their obligation under the law and create and implement policies and procedures that establish clear and reasonable boundaries for interactions between students and teachers, other school board employees, and adult volunteers.
The model policies and best practices in the document draw from policies and legislation approved by school boards and legislatures in other states and policies and best practices implemented by private and parochial schools and national youth-service organizations.