SB 1479

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 18, 2022
  • Passed Senate May 24, 2022
  • Passed Assembly Aug 18, 2022
  • Signed by Governor Sep 29, 2022

COVID-19 testing in schools: COVID-19 testing plans.

Abstract

Existing law appropriates funds to the State Department of Public Health for various programs related to the safe reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, including funds to support COVID-19 testing in schools allocated from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and funds from the General Fund for the Safe Schools For All Team to coordinate technical assistance, community engagement, increased transparency, and enforcement by the appropriate entity for public school health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing law authorizes certain school apportionments to be used for any purpose consistent with providing in-person instruction for any pupil participating in in-person instruction, including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, as provided. Existing law prescribes public health reporting requirements related to COVID-19 for local educational agencies, including the development of a COVID-19 safety plan, as provided. This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to coordinate specified school district, county office of education, and charter school COVID-19 testing programs that are currently federally funded or organized under the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force, as provided. The bill would authorize the department to provide supportive services, including technical assistance, vendor support, guidance, monitoring, and testing education, related to testing programs for teachers, staff, and pupils to help schools reopen and keep schools operating safely for in-person learning. The bill would also encourage the department to expand its contagious, infectious, or communicable disease testing guidance and other public health mitigation efforts to include prekindergarten and childcare centers, as provided. This bill would require each local educational agency, defined to mean a school district, county office of education, or charter school, after consulting with its local health department, as defined, to create a COVID-19 testing plan, or adopt the State Department of Public Health's framework, as defined, that is consistent with guidance from the department, as provided. The bill would require each local educational agency to publish the testing plan on its internet website. The bill would authorize each local educational agency to designate one staff member to report information on its COVID-19 testing program to the department, as provided. The bill would require that all COVID-19 testing data be in a format that facilitates a simple process by which parents and local educational agencies may report data to the department or a local health department, as provided. By imposing new obligations on local educational agencies, and to the extent new duties are imposed on local health departments, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the department to determine which COVID-19 tests are appropriate for the testing program. The bill would make the implementation of these provisions contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature, and would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2026. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (7)

Votes


Actions


Sep 29, 2022

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 850, Statutes of 2022.

Aug 30, 2022

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Aug 22, 2022

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Aug 18, 2022

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.

Aug 16, 2022

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 15, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 11, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (August 11).

Aug 03, 2022

Assembly

August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Aug 02, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Aug 01, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (June 29).

Assembly

(Received at desk July 1 pursuant to Joint Rule 61(b)(13)).

Jun 29, 2022

Assembly

Assembly Rule 56 suspended.

Jun 22, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on ED. (Ayes 11. Noes 3.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Jun 02, 2022

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and ED.

May 25, 2022

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

May 24, 2022

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 27. Noes 9. Page 3877.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 19, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3798.) (May 19).

May 13, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing May 19.

May 09, 2022

Senate

May 9 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Apr 29, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing May 9.

Apr 27, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3540.) (April 27). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 06, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing April 27.

Apr 04, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on ED.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Mar 31, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on ED. (Ayes 9. Noes 2. Page 3274.) (March 30).

Mar 21, 2022

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Mar 16, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing March 30.

Mar 09, 2022

Senate

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and ED.

Feb 22, 2022

Senate

From printer.

Feb 18, 2022

Senate

Article IV Section 8(a) of the Constitution and Joint Rule 55 dispensed with February 7, 2022, suspending the 30 calendar day requirement.

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB1479 HTML
02/18/22 - Introduced PDF
03/21/22 - Amended Senate PDF
04/04/22 - Amended Senate PDF
08/02/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/15/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/24/22 - Enrolled PDF
09/29/22 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/30/22- Senate Health PDF
04/25/22- Senate Education PDF
05/06/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/21/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
06/17/22- Assembly Health PDF
06/28/22- Assembly Education PDF
08/01/22- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/17/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
08/19/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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