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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 20. State Board of Education
Chapter 671. Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

8VAC20-671-330. Support staff.

A. School support personnel, including contractual service providers, shall meet the Board of Education's Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (8VAC20-22) or the requirements of another state or national accrediting agency.

B. Paraprofessionals and other ancillary staff shall be at least 18 years of age (21 years of age preferred), at a minimum hold a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, have two years of work experience with children or completed two years of coursework in a related field, or upon employment complete within 60 calendar days of hire training specific to the assigned student population and job duties as they relate to the academic and behavioral progress of students. Such training shall include individualized instruction and student behavior management, including principles and strategies to reduce interfering behavior, build positive skills, and enhance communication of students with autism spectrum disorders.

C. No support staff shall be used as replacement for teachers or related service staff unless they meet the qualifications of the position.

D. Support staff who do not meet licensure or certification requirements shall not be given misleading work titles or titles that infer they meet required credentials.

E. Paraprofessionals shall work under the supervision of qualified professional staff.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-321 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. August 26, 2015.

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