Virginia

VirginiaVirginia is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for Virginia, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; and related news articles.

Grants Received

State Grant Programs

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)  received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, VDOE is developing state-wide support systems and providing technical assistance to local educational agencies and schools on implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatesea/index.html.

Project AWARE

In 2014, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) received a Project AWARE grant through the Now is the Time initiative. VDOE uses this 5-year grant to 1) train adults on responding to mental health issues when interacting with school-aged youth, 2) connect children, youth and families who may require support to appropriate mental health services, and 3) implement Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid in State and local training programs. For more information about this grant, go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/nitt-ta/project-aware-grant-information.

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

20117.0,7.4
20136.1,6.9
20156.4,6.0
20176.4,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This state did not participate in data collection in 2009.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearVirginiaUS
20117.07.4
20136.16.9
20156.46.0
20176.46.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

20117.9,12.0
20157.7,7.8
20176.5,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This state did not participate in data collection in 2009. This state did not have data for this indicator in 2013.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearVirginiaUS
20117.912.0
20157.77.8
20176.58.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

201124.0,25.6
201515.6,21.7
201715.5,19.8
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This state did not participate in data collection in 2009. This state did not have data for this indicator in 2013.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearVirginiaUS
201124.025.6
201515.621.7
201715.519.8

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

201116.9,15.8
201314.7,17.0
201514.0,17.7
201715.7,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This state did not participate in data collection in 2009.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearVirginiaUS
201116.915.8
201314.717.0
201514.017.7
201715.717.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201115.6,13.8
201315.2,15.2
201516.9,14.3
201717.0,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearVirginiaUS
201115.613.8
201315.215.2
201516.914.3
201717.015.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

20116.4,5.7
20136.7,6.6
20156.7,6.7
20177.1,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearVirginiaUS
20116.45.7
20136.76.6
20156.76.7
20177.17.2