Public schools; severe weather conditions and other emergency situations. (HB1790)

Introduced By

Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; severe weather conditions and other emergency situations; unscheduled remote learning days. Provides that when severe weather conditions or other emergency situations have resulted in the closing of any school in a school division for in-person instruction, the school division may declare an unscheduled remote learning day whereby the school provides instruction and student services, consistent with guidelines established by the Department of Education to ensure the equitable provision of such services, without a reduction in the amount paid by the Commonwealth from the Basic School Aid Fund. The bill prohibits any school division from claiming more than 10 unscheduled remote learning days in a school year unless the Superintendent of Public Instruction grants an extension. This bill is identical to SB 1132. Read the Bill »


02/25/2021: signed by governor


01/01/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101395D
01/01/2021Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2021Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1790)
01/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/18/2021Reported from Education with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Read first time
01/20/2021Read second time
01/20/2021Committee amendment agreed to
01/20/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1790E
01/20/2021Printed as engrossed 21101395D-E
01/21/2021Passed by for the day
01/22/2021Passed by for the day
01/25/2021Read third time and passed House (77-Y 23-N)
01/25/2021VOTE: Passage (77-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
01/25/2021Passed House (75-Y 25-N)
01/25/2021VOTE: Passage #2 (75-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1790E)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1790ER)
02/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1790ER)
02/17/2021Signed by President
02/18/2021Signed by Speaker
02/19/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 19 (effective 7/1/21)
02/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0019)