School counselors; staffing ratios, flexibility. (HB829)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School counselors; staffing ratios; flexibility. Permits school boards to fulfill the staffing ratio requirements for school counselors by (i) employing, under a provisional license issued by the Department of Education for three school years with an allowance for an additional two-year extension with the approval of the division superintendent, any professional counselor licensed by the Board of Counseling, clinical social worker licensed by the Board of Social Work, psychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology, or other licensed counseling professional with appropriate experience and training, provided that any such individual makes progress toward completing the requirements for full licensure as a school counselor during such period of employment or (ii) in the event that the school board does not receive any application from a licensed school counselor, professional counselor, clinical social worker, or psychologist or another licensed counseling professional with appropriate experience and training to fill a school counselor vacancy in the school division, entering into an annual contract with another entity for the provision of school counseling services by a licensed professional counselor, clinical social worker, or psychologist or another licensed counseling professional with appropriate experience and training. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100734D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB829)
01/24/2022Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood/Innovation
02/02/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/07/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Education with substitute (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22106053D-H1
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB829H1)
02/09/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Floor substitute printed 22106408D-H2 (Wilt)
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee on Education substitute rejected 22106053D-H1
02/10/2022Substitute by Delegate Wilt agreed to 22106408D-H2
02/10/2022Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB829H2
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB829H2)
03/03/2022Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Read third time
03/08/2022Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB829ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB829ER)
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/08/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 205 (effective 7/1/22)
04/08/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0205)