Truancy; Board of Education shall promulgate regulations to address. (HB886)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Chronic school absenteeism and truancy.  Lessens the time that the attendance officer and other school personnel must act to enforce the compulsory school attendance law concerning students who are chronically or habitually absent from school or truant. Currently, students may be absent for five scheduled school days without notification to school personnel that the parent is aware and supportive of the student's absence before the attendance officer or school personnel is required to make a reasonable effort to contact the parent regarding the unexcused absence and develop a plan to address the student's nonattendance. The bill provides that failure of a student to report to school for three consecutive school days during part of the school year triggers contact of the parent by the attendance officer or school personnel concerning the student's nonattendance, if the parent has not notified school personnel of the absence. The time frame for scheduling the required conference with the parent of a chronically absent student also has been reduced from five to three school days, and the conference must be held within five school days rather than 15 days, after the fourth absence. The bill makes other technical changes for clarity and consistency. Amends § 22.1-258, § 22.1-260, § 22.1-261, § 22.1-262, § 22.1-267, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 01/11/2012 Committee
  • 01/11/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100446D
  • 01/11/2012 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 01/18/2012 Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
  • 02/02/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
  • 02/08/2012 Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/08/2012 Committee substitute printed 12105209D-H1
  • 02/09/2012 Read first time
  • 02/10/2012 Read second time
  • 02/10/2012 Committee substitute agreed to 12105209D-H1
  • 02/10/2012 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB886H1
  • 02/13/2012 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
  • 02/13/2012 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB886H1)
  • 02/14/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/14/2012 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 02/23/2012 Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/23/2012 Passed by for the day
  • 02/24/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/27/2012 Read third time
  • 02/27/2012 Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Enrolled
  • 03/02/2012 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB886ER)
  • 03/02/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB886ER)
  • 03/02/2012 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/05/2012 Signed by President
  • 04/09/2012 G Vetoed by Governor
  • 04/18/2012 House sustained Governor's veto


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.