Public schools; mandatory virtual learning, provision of required technology and Internet service. (SB5021)

Introduced By

Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; mandatory virtual learning; provision of required technology and Internet service; emergency. Provides that if a school board requires students to engage in virtual learning for any reason, whether full time or part time, and a computer and Internet service to connect to the curriculum is required, then the school board must provide appropriate technology devices to every student enrolled in the school system so they may access the learning platform. Additionally, the bill requires school boards to provide adequate Internet service to a student's household at no cost if a student's family income is below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/12/2020Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 08/18/20 20200312D
08/12/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
08/19/2020Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
08/20/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB5021)

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