Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Unexcused Absences and Truancy [8 VAC 20 ‑ 730]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Regulations govern the collection and reporting of truancy-related data, while providing comprehensive guidance on school attendance policy, including a standard definition of “unexcused absence.”
State Authority § 22.1-16 and § 22.1-258 , Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation The goal is to comply with Section 22.1-258 of the Code of Virginia, which addresses school attendance issues. It requires schools to: make a reasonable effort to notify parents when a student fails to report to school; to create an attendance plan for any student with five unexcused absences; and to schedule a conference with parents after the sixth unexcused absence. This section further addresses the procedure for enforcement of attendance requirements.
Meetings See all meetings (2) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jim Chapman  / Director of Board Relations
Address: James Monroe Bldg.
101 N. 14th St., 25th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)750-8750    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Revisions to the Regulations Governing the Collection and Reporting of Truancy (Fast-Track) Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/18/2021.
New regulations to govern the collection and reporting of truancy -related data and provide guidance on school attendance policy Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/30/2016.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
5/15/2024 Filed Pending