Students; guidelines on excused student absences, civic engagement. (SB1439)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), and Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; guidelines on excused student absences; civic engagement. Provides that, subject to guidelines established by the Department of Education, each school board (i) shall permit one school day-long excused absence per school year for any middle school or high school student in the local school division who is absent from school to engage in a civic event and (ii) may permit additional excused absences for such students who are absent for such purposes. The bill also provides that local school boards may require that the student provide advance notice of the intended absence and require that the student provide documentation of participation in a civic event. This bill is identical to HB 1940. Read the Bill »


03/12/2021: signed by governor


01/15/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102439D
01/15/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1439)
01/20/2021Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/28/2021Reported from Education and Health with amendment (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Passed by for the day
02/02/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2021Floor substitute printed 21104293D-S1 (McClellan)
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/02/2021Committee amendment rejected
02/02/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2021Substitute by Senator McCLellan agreed to 21104293D-S1
02/02/2021Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1439S1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 14-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 (SB1439S1)
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Education
02/12/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/15/2021Reported from Education with amendment(s) (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Read second time
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/18/2021Passed House with amendment (61-Y 39-N)
02/18/2021VOTE: Passage (61-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021House amendment agreed to by Senate (25-Y 14-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1439ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1439ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/12/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 105 (effective 7/1/21)
03/12/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0105)