Coordinating Services with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Local School Divisions (Superintendent's Memo #225-20)
As you plan services for transition-aged students, it is important to determine how you will continue to connect currently enrolled and newly referred students with the services of DARS as well as opportunities for students to connect with the Pre-Employment Transition Service counselors. All schools system in the Commonwealth have had the opportunity to complete a Memorandum of Understanding with DARS, whereby preferences regarding school contact, the referral process, pre-employment transition service delivery to students, collaboration and information exchange were agreed upon. These agreements may be amended in consideration of the division’s return to school plan. DARS recognizes the safety of students and staff is the primary concern. Pre-employment transition providers will comply with all directed health measures and school specific health guidance in place during the school year for in-person contact with students and will implement flexibility to facilitate remote contact with students during the school day when necessary.