Public schools; increases kindergarten instructional time. (SB1278)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; kindergarten instructional time. Increases from 540 hours to 990 hours the minimum instructional hours in a school year for students in kindergarten. The bill directs the Board of Education to promulgate regulations by July 1, 2021, establishing standards for accreditation that include a requirement that the standard school day for students in kindergarten average at least 5.5 instructional hours in order to qualify for full accreditation. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. Amends § 22.1-253.13:2, § 22.1-79.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/07/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101549D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1278)

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