Truancy; Board of Education shall promulgate regulations to address. (HB886)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Chronic school absenteeism and truancy.  Lessens the time that the attendance officer and other school personnel must act to enforce the compulsory school attendance law concerning students who are chronically or habitually absent from school or truant. Currently, students may be absent for five scheduled school days without notification to school personnel that the parent is aware and supportive of the student's absence before the attendance officer or school personnel is required to make a reasonable effort to contact the parent regarding the unexcused absence and develop a plan to address the student's nonattendance. The bill provides that failure of a student to report to school for three consecutive school days during part of the school year triggers contact of the parent by the attendance officer or school personnel concerning the student's nonattendance, if the parent has not notified school personnel of the absence. The time frame for scheduling the required conference with the parent of a chronically absent student also has been reduced from five to three school days, and the conference must be held within five school days rather than 15 days, after the fourth absence. The bill makes other technical changes for clarity and consistency. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100446D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2012Assigned Education sub: Students and Early Education
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
02/08/2012Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Committee substitute printed 12105209D-H1
02/09/2012Read first time
02/10/2012Read second time
02/10/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105209D-H1
02/10/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB886H1
02/13/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB886H1)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/23/2012Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Passed by for the day
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB886ER)
03/02/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB886ER)
03/02/2012Signed by Speaker
03/05/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012G Vetoed by Governor
04/18/2012House sustained Governor's veto


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.