|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
School boards, local; mold testing, parental notification.
Requires each local school board to develop and implement a plan to test and, if necessary, remediate mold from sources identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as high priority for testing. The bill requires local school boards to give priority in the testing plan to schools whose school building was constructed, in whole or in part, before 1986 and to submit their testing plan and any testing results to the Department of Health. The bill also requires local school boards to take all steps necessary to notify the parents of all enrolled students if testing results indicate the presence of mold in a school building.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 22.1-138 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 22.1-138. Minimum standards for public school buildings.
A. The Board of Education shall prescribe by regulation minimum standards for the erection of or addition to public school buildings governing instructional, operational, health and maintenance facilities where these are not specifically addressed in the Uniform Statewide Building Code (� 36-97 et seq.).
B. By July 1, 1994, every school building in operation in the
Commonwealth shall be tested for radon pursuant to procedures established by
United States U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for
radon measurements in schools.
School buildings and additions opened for operation after July
1, 1994, shall be tested for radon pursuant to such EPA procedures and
regulations prescribed by the Board of Education pursuant to subsection A
this section. Each school shall maintain files of its radon test results
and make such files available for review. The division superintendent shall
report radon test results to the Department of Health.
C. Each local school board shall develop and implement a plan to test and, if necessary, a plan to remediate mold in public school buildings in accordance with guidance issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Each local school board shall (i) submit such testing plan and report the results of any test performed in accordance with such plan to the Department of Health and (ii) take all steps necessary to notify school staff and the parents of all enrolled students if testing results indicate the presence of mold in a public school building at or above the minimum level that raises a concern for the health of building occupants, as determined by the Department of Health.
D. Each school board shall, in consultation with the local building official and the state or local fire marshal, develop a procurement plan to ensure that all security enhancements to public school buildings are in compliance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code (� 36-97 et seq.) and Statewide Fire Prevention Code (� 27-94 et seq.).
D. E. No school employee shall open or close an
electronic room partition in any school building unless (i) no student is
present in such building, (ii) (a) no student is present in the room or area in
which such partition is located and (b) such room or area is locked or
otherwise inaccessible to students, or (iii) such partition includes a safety
sensor that automatically stops the partition when a body passes between the
leading edge and a wall, an opposing partition, or the stacking area. E. Any annual safety review or exercise for school
employees in a local school division shall include information and
demonstrations, as appropriate, regarding the provisions of this subsection
D. F. The Department of Education shall make available to
each school board model safety guidance regarding the operation of electronic
2. That the Department of Health shall determine the minimum level of mold in a school building that raises a concern for the health of building occupants for the purpose of a school boards notification of school staff and the parents of enrolled students in accordance with the provisions of this act.
|01/30/2020||Senate||Senate: Committee substitute printed 20106552D-S1|
|01/30/2020||Senate||Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (11-Y 4-N)|
|01/20/2020||Senate||Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education|
|01/08/2020||Senate||Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103494D|
|01/08/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health|