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Guidance Document Change: The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools guidance document was developed in response to House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161, enacted by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, which directed the Virginia Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools. These guidelines address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to: compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; maintenance of student records; identification of students; protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and use of school facilities.
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1/8/21  12:53 pm
Commenter: Paul Joseph

Fully support

I fully support the humane and equal treatment of transgender and non-binary students so that they can fully thrive and safely attend VA schools. As I understand this bill it encourages guidelines in support of maintaining safe, and empathetic learning environments for transgender and non-binary students. As a child I was made fun of because other kids thought I was homosexual which I am not. I was very confusing for me and hurt deeply. We need to teach our children to be more unederstanding.

Transgender and non-binary students should be able: to live fully within their gender identity; to go by chosen names and pronouns; dress according to their gender identity; fully participate in all school activities, including sports teams that are in line with their gender identity; feel safe because there are programs in place to prevent any anti-transgender/non-binary bullying; etc.

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