Individualized education program teams; Department of Education to develop guidelines. (HB134)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater) with support from co-patron Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; individualized education program teams; guidelines. Requires the Department of Education to establish guidelines for individualized education program (IEP) teams to utilize when developing IEPs for children with disabilities to ensure that IEP teams consider the need for age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate instruction related to sexual health, self-restraint, self-protection, respect for personal privacy, and personal boundaries of others. The bill requires each local school board, in developing IEPs for children with disabilities, in addition to any other requirements established by the Board of Education, to ensure that IEP teams consider such guidelines. This bill is identical to SB 186. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/17/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103163D
12/17/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB134)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2020Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Read first time
01/30/2020Passed by for the day
01/31/2020Passed by for the day
02/03/2020Passed by for the day
02/04/2020Passed by for the day
02/05/2020Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (96-Y 2-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (96-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/13/2020Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB134ER)
02/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB134ER)
02/19/2020Signed by Speaker
02/20/2020Signed by President
02/24/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 24, 2020
02/24/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 2, 2020
03/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 51 (effective 7/1/20)
03/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0051)


Cheryl Lloyd writes:

Good morning,

I'm giving public comment on the issue of Family Life Education and Healthy Relationships education for children with an IEP who are ID/DD.

As children grow older and become teenagers, and young adults with ID/DD issues, the lack of education on healthy relationships, "Good Touch-Bad Touch" and sexual education would be a detriment to them. These children and young adults don't understand what is appropriate and what is not appropriate and as a result the school system is leaving them vulnerable for criminal charges, not fully understanding how relationships work.

These children and young adults would not understand what is appropriate and what is not appropriate there for leaving them open for criminal charges, not fully understanding how relationships work.

I strongly believe if you have an IEP the school is responsible for educating you in these areas as it would also be a part of their transition plan.

To set these children up for failure is criminal, not only is it up to the parents but it is also up to the school system to help prepare them, since they spend the majority of the time in school. Collaboration, and education is key, we need to work together to prepare our young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they enter into the community to be successful, healthy, and productive members of society.