School boards; parental notification of certain incidents, Alyssa's law-silent panic alarms. (HB1125)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Anderson (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine), Del. Phil Scott (R-Spotsylvania), and Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; parental notification of certain threats, behavior, and unlawful acts; panic alarms. Requires, within four hours of receiving notification of (i) a preliminary determination by the threat assessment team that a student poses a threat of violence or physical harm to self or others; (ii) threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the school; or (iii) unlawful acts committed on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity that involve the unlawful use or possession of a weapon, homicide, criminal sexual assault, or trespassing, each division superintendent to notify the parent of each student enrolled in the relevant school of such threat, threatening or aberrant behavior, or unlawful act. The bill requires each school board to equip each public elementary and secondary school building in the local school division with at least one panic alarm that adheres to nationally recognized industry standards, including the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories, and is installed by a licensed and qualified professional. The bill defines "panic alarm" as a silent security system by which the user manually activates a device that sends a non-audible signal to the local law-enforcement agency that indicates a school security emergency, including a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation, that requires immediate response and assistance from such agency. Read the Bill »


01/28/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Education Committee


01/12/2022Presented and ordered printed 22103629D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/28/2022Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood/Innovation
02/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1125)
02/02/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2023 (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2022Continued to 2023 in Education (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)