COVID-19; JLARC to study the impact on Virginia's public schools, students, and school employees. (SJ308)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; JLARC; impact of COVID-19 on Virginia's public schools, students, and school employees; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the impact of COVID-19 on Virginia's public schools, students, and school employees, including (i) examining and determining reasons for barriers to student success in virtual and hybrid models as well as the overall impact of COVID-19 face-to-face learning restrictions on previously existing student achievement gaps, student achievement, and student well-being, including any disproportionate impact on at-risk populations; (ii) determining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, including the impact of teacher and school employee retirements and resignations on delivery of instruction and the ability of local school boards to fully staff their needs, employment levels, and local budgets; (iii) determining the short-term and projected long-term changes in student enrollment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of such changes on funding levels; (iv) determining the impact of implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures in public schools; (v) evaluating public schools' level of emergency preparedness to face another pandemic or statewide crisis and making recommendations to help guide planning for such events; and (vi) examining programs that can address learning loss and identifying barriers to implementing those programs, including resource gaps. Read the Bill »

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02/24/2021: Passed the House


01/15/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102905D
01/15/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
01/22/2021Reported from Rules with amendments
01/25/2021Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Read second time
01/26/2021Reading of amendments waived
01/26/2021Committee amendments agreed to
01/26/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SJ308E
01/26/2021Printed as engrossed 21102905D-E
01/27/2021Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Rules
02/22/2021Reported from Rules (18-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Taken up
02/24/2021Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (95-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ308ER)

Duplicate Bills

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