Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing School Boards Local [8 VAC 20 ‑ 490]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Exempt action to update 8VAC20-490-30's length of school day requirement
Action 5970
General Information
Action Summary Chapter 582 of the 2020 Acts of the Assembly (“Chapter 582”) amended § 22.1-79.1 to standardize the minimum instructional time requirement across grades K–12. Whereas kindergarten previously required a minimum of 540 hours of instructional time, Chapter 552 requires a minimum of 990 hours of instructional time. Chapter 582 included a delayed enactment clause such that the amendments would become effective on July 1, 2022. In order to comply with Chapter 582, the Board will need to make minor changes to 8VAC20- 490-30 in order to change the length of school day requirements for local school boards. The Board has not exercised any discretion in making the required changes.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act, but falls within the Executive Branch and will be reviewed by the Governor's Office.
RIS Project Yes  [7207]
Associated Mandates Mandate to standardize instructional time across grades K-12
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
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