Public schools; increases kindergarten instructional time. (SB238)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


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, beginning July 1, 2022. The bill directs the Board of Education to adopt regulations by July 1, 2022, 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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103301D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/09/2020Reported from Education and Health (12-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB238)
01/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/13/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/14/2020Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Education
02/18/2020Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
02/24/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/24/2020Reported from Education (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read second time
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed House (94-Y 6-N)
02/27/2020VOTE: Passage (94-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB238ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB238ER)
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/31/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 582 (effective 7/1/20)
03/31/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 582 (effective - see bill)
03/31/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0582)