UPDATE: 4/11/2022 - SB 431 was signed by the governor and will be effective 7/1/2022.
UPDATE: 3/22/2022 - SB 431 sent to Governor.
UPDATE: 3/21/2022 - Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB431ER)
UPDATE: 3/11/2022 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (no vote information available at this time)
UPDATE: 3/9/2022 - SB 431 passed the House in an 88-11 vote, with an amendment that removed the emergency clause (a line in the bill stating "That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage). Bills that don't go into effect immediately in Virginia go into effect on July 1st following the legislative session.
UPDATE: 3/7/2022 - SB 431 was reported favorably out of the House Education Committee on 3/7/2022 with an amendment with at 20-2 vote. The amendment removes line 17 which is the emergency clause. 17 2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage.
UPDATE: 3/4/2022 SB 431 scheduled for hearing in the House Education Committee on Monday, March 7th at 8:00 AM in the House Committee Room. Agenda - https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/agendas/agendaItem.php?id=3546&ses=221
UPDATE: 3/2/2022 - SB 431 passed the Subcommittee and is scheduled for a hearing in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, March 2nd.
UPDATE: 2/26/2022 - SB 431 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 1st at 8:00AM in House Room 2. Agenda
UPDATE: 2/23/2022 - SB 431 referred to House Committee on Education.
UPDATE: 2/8/2022 - SB 431 read for third time and passed Senate (33-Y 7-N) on 2/8/2022
UPDATE: 2/7/2022 - The substitute for SB 431 was engrossed by the Senate on 2/7/2022.
UPDATE: 2/5/2022 - SB 431 was reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Education and Health by a vote of 10 yes and 4 no as a substitute on 2/3/2022. The substitute is an improvement over the introduced version, however it's not clear what guidelines would be recommended for those who have simply been exposed to COVID-19 but have not contracted it. NVIC Advocacy will continue to watch.
Substitute version text - http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?221+ful+SB431S1+hil
1. § 1. That the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health, shall (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. All guidelines established pursuant to this act shall be immediately distributed to local school boards and shall 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.
UPDATE: 2/3/2022 - SB 431 was recommended by the Senate Public Education Subcommittee on 1/27/2022. It is scheduled for hearing in the Senate Committee on Education and Health on Thursday, Feb. 3rd, at 8:00 AM in Pocahontas Building Committee Room A. Hearing information, including agenda: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?221+doc+S0410203
UPDATE: 1/25/2022 - SB 431 assigned to Public Education Subcommittee of Senate Committee on Education and Health on 1/25/2022
SB 431 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Health on 1/12/2022. This bill is sponsored by Senator Dunnavant
This bill requires the Board of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health, to (i) recommend as best practice the shortest duration of quarantine possible, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for students and employees at public schools who contract COVID-19 and (ii) develop test-to-stay guidelines for such schools and recommend such guidelines to schools for use as an alternative to quarantine for students and employees who contract COVID-19. The bill also provides that all guidelines established pursuant to the bill shall be immediately distributed to local school boards and shall reflect the most updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the amount of time out of the classroom to be as short as possible, including no quarantine, as recommended for asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated either within six months or have a boosted vaccination status. The bill contains an emergency clause.
https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?221+sum+SB431- text, status and history for SB 431