Guidance counselors; staffing ratios, changes name to school counselors, etc. (SB1406)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School boards; staffing ratios; guidance counselors. Changes the name of guidance counselors to school counselors and requires school boards to employ school counselors in accordance with the following ratios: in elementary schools, one hour per day per 75 students, one full-time at 375 students, one hour per day additional time per 75 students or major fraction thereof; in middle schools, one period per 65 students, one full-time at 325 students, one additional period per 65 students or major fraction thereof; and in high schools, one period per 60 students, one full-time at 300 students, one additional period per 60 students or major fraction thereof. Such ratios would be effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102239D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2019Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1406)
01/24/2019Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2019Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read second time
02/05/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1406E
02/05/2019Printed as engrossed 19102239D-E
02/05/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1406E)
02/11/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2019Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Committee substitute printed 19106756D-H1
02/12/2019Read second time
02/13/2019Read third time
02/13/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106756D-H1
02/13/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1406H1
02/13/2019Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1406H1)
02/15/2019House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Title replaced 19106756D-H1
02/20/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1406ER)
02/20/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1406ER)
02/20/2019Signed by President
02/20/2019Signed by Speaker
02/27/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 27, 2019
02/27/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 796 (effective 7/1/19)
03/25/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 796 (effective 7/1/19)
03/25/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0796)