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Code of Virginia
Title 22.1. Education
Chapter 16. Schools for Students with Disabilities
10/28/2021

§ 22.1-329. Denial, revocation or suspension of license; grounds; summary suspension under certain circumstances; penalty.

A. The Board may refuse to issue or renew a license or may revoke or suspend the license of any school issued pursuant to this chapter for the following causes:

1. Violation of any provision of this chapter or any regulation of the Board;

2. Furnishing false, misleading or incomplete information to the Board or Department or failure to furnish any information requested by the Board or Department;

3. Violation of any commitment made in an application for a license;

4. Presenting, either by the school or by any agent of the school, to prospective students information relating to the school which is false, misleading or fraudulent;

5. Failing to provide or maintain premises or equipment in a safe and sanitary condition as required by law;

6. Making any false promises through agents or by advertising or otherwise of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce enrollments;

7. Paying commission or valuable consideration to any person for any act of service performed in willful violation of this chapter;

8. Failing to maintain financial resources adequate for the satisfactory conduct of courses of instruction offered or to retain a sufficient or qualified instructional staff;

9. Demonstrating unworthiness or incompetency to conduct the school in a manner calculated to safeguard the interests of the public;

10. Failing within a reasonable time to provide information requested by the Board or Department as a result of a formal or informal complaint to or by the Board or Department which would indicate a violation of this chapter;

11. Attempting to use or employ any enrolled students in any commercial activity whereby the school receives any compensation whatsoever without reasonable remuneration to the student, except to the extent that employment of students in such activities is necessary or essential to their training and is permitted and authorized by the Board; or

12. Engaging in or authorizing any other conduct whether of the same or of a different character from that herein specified which constitutes fraudulent or dishonest dealings.

The provisions of the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.) shall be applicable to proceedings under this subsection.

B. Pursuant to the procedures set forth in subsection C and in addition to the authority for other disciplinary actions provided in this chapter, the Superintendent of Public Instruction may issue a summary order of suspension of the license of a residential or day school for students with disabilities, in conjunction with any proceeding for revocation, denial, or other action, when conditions or practices exist in the school that pose an immediate and substantial threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the students who are residing or attending the school and the Superintendent of Public Instruction believes the operation of the school should be suspended during the pendency of such proceeding.

C. The summary order of suspension shall take effect upon its issuance and shall be served on the licensee or its designee as soon as practicable thereafter by personal service and certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address of record of the licensee. The order shall state the time, date, and location of a hearing to determine whether the suspension is appropriate. Such hearing shall be held no later than three business days after the issuance of the summary order of suspension and shall be convened by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or his designee.

After such hearing, the Superintendent of Public Instruction may issue a final order of summary suspension or may find that such summary suspension is not warranted by the facts and circumstances presented. A final order of summary suspension shall include notice that the licensee may appeal the Superintendent of Public Instruction's decision to the appropriate circuit court no later than 10 days following issuance of the order. The sole issue before the court shall be whether the Superintendent of Public Instruction had reasonable grounds to require the licensee to cease operations during the pendency of the concurrent revocation, denial, or other proceeding. The concurrent revocation, denial, or other proceeding shall not be affected by the outcome of any hearing on the appropriateness of the summary suspension.

The willful and material failure to comply with the summary order of suspension or final order of summary suspension shall be punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor. The Superintendent of Public Instruction may require the cooperation of any other agency or subdivision of the Commonwealth in the relocation of students who are residents of a home or facility whose license has been summarily suspended pursuant to this section and in any other actions necessary to reduce the risk of further harm to students.

Code 1950, § 22-330.27; 1970, c. 665; 1977, c. 444; 1980, c. 559; 1988, c. 574; 1996, cc. 691, 832; 2004, c. 991; 2006, c. 168.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.