Students; DOE to establish guideline for excused absence due to mental and behavioral health. (HB308)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), and Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public elementary and secondary school students; excused absences; mental and behavioral health. Requires the Department of Education to establish and distribute to each school board no later than August 1, 2020, guidelines for the granting of excused absences to students who are absent from school due to mental or behavioral health and requires any student who is absent from school due to his mental or behavioral health to be granted an excused absence, subject to such guidelines. Read the Bill »


02/11/2020: In Subcommittee


12/31/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100877D
12/31/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB308)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20106887D-H1
01/29/2020Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB308H1)
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106887D-H1
02/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB308H1
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (60-Y 38-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (60-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/11/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.

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