Local school divisions; availability of virtual and in-person learning to all students. (SB1303)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; in-person instruction. Requires each school board to offer in-person instruction to each student enrolled in the local school division in a public elementary and secondary school for at least the minimum number of required instructional hours and to each student enrolled in the local school division in a public school-based early childhood care and education program for the entirety of the instructional time provided pursuant to such program. The bill contains certain exceptions to the abovementioned requirement. The bill requires each school board to provide such in-person instruction in a manner in which it adheres, to the maximum extent practicable, to any currently applicable mitigation strategies for early childhood care and education programs and elementary and secondary schools to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 that have been provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill requires the Department of Education to establish benchmarks for successful virtual learning and guidelines for providing interventions to students who fail to meet such benchmarks and for transitioning such students back to in-person instruction. The bill also requires all teachers and school staff to be offered access to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccination through their relevant local health district. The bill has an expiration date of August 1, 2022. Read the Bill »

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03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/21 21102517D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/13/2021Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/14/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Education and Health (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/01/2021Amendments by Senator Dunnavant agreed to
02/01/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1303E
02/01/2021Emergency clause deleted
02/01/2021Printed as engrossed 21102517D-E
02/02/2021Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Education
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1303E)
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Education
02/13/2021Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
02/15/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Reported from Education with substitute (17-Y 3-N)
02/22/2021Committee substitute printed 21200505D-H1
02/23/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1303H1)
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200505D-H1
02/24/2021Motion to pass by floor amendment offered by Delegate Avoli agreed to (51-Y 47-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Pass By (51-Y 47-N)
02/24/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1303H1
02/24/2021Pending question ordered
02/24/2021Passed House with substitute (88-Y 9-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Passage (88-Y 9-N)
02/25/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (36-Y 3-N)
02/25/2021Title replaced 21200505D-H1
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1303ER)
03/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1303ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 456 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0456)