COVID-19; DOE to recommend options for isolation & quarantine for students & employees at schools. (SB431)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Education; COVID-19; guidelines; alternative to quarantine. Requires the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health, to (i) recommend options for isolation and quarantine for students and employees at public schools who contract or are exposed to COVID-19 and (ii) develop guidelines for such schools and recommend such guidelines for use as an alternative to quarantine. The bill requires such guidelines to be immediately distributed to local school boards and reflect the most updated recommendations to limit the amount of time out of the classroom, including options for no quarantine, as recommended for asymptomatic individuals. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/12/22 22104124D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/27/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22105718D-S1
02/03/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Read second time
02/07/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105718D-S1
02/07/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB431S1
02/08/2022Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2022Placed on Calendar
02/23/2022Read first time
02/23/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/26/2022Assigned Education sub: K-12
02/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB431S1)
03/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
03/07/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/07/2022Reported from Education with amendment(s) (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Read second time
03/09/2022Read third time
03/09/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/09/2022Emergency clause deleted
03/09/2022Engrossed by House as amended
03/09/2022Passed House with amendment (88-Y 11-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Passage (88-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB431ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB431ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
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
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 692 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0692)


MRWBA Legislative Committee, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Requires the Board of Ed., with Dept of Health participation, to (1) recommend as best practice the shortest duration of quarantine possible, as recommended by the CDC, for students and employees at public schools who contract COVID-19 and (2) develop test-to-stay guidelines for use as an alternative to quarantine for students and employees who contract COVID-19.

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