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 December 31, 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 »


Bill Has Passed


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
02/20/2020Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/24/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/24/2020Passed by temporarily
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2020Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate amendment agreed to by House (59-Y 37-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (59-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB308ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB308ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
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
04/08/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 869 (effective 7/1/20)
04/08/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0869)


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.