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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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1/9/21  5:09 pm
Commenter: Bethany Henderson

Strongly Support!!! All Kids Deserve to Feel Safe and That They Belong at School.

All children deserve to feel safe and that they belong at school regardless of their identity (gender, race, religion or otherwise).  Our government has the obligation to provide all children an equitable education.  No child should be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome simply because of their identity. 

I am not transgender, nor are my school-age children or other members of my family.  However, this issue is deeply personal to me as a person who cares about others and believes in the ideals of our state and country that all people should be treated equal. Our government has an obligation to protect and educate ALL children, not just those whose gender identity conforms with some Virginians concepts of what is "normal."  No human being is harmed by another human being living as their true self.  

I urge you not only to ratify and release this Guidance Document but to make it abundantly clear that hate has no home in Virginia.

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