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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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1/10/21  12:09 pm
Commenter: WS CAMERON

Proposed Transgender Public School Policy

In the public school system where I taught we had a sound policy to deal with transgender students. First, it was handled confidentially and very seriously involving the child, parents, psychological counseling, clergy if desired by parent, school administrator, student's guidance counselor, school nurse and student's teachers. Second, the transgender student used only unisex bathroom(s) provided at school and was exempted from physical education and extra-curricular sports activities. This took into account fairness and comfort consideration for other students. Thirdly, the student was addressed by the name they enrolled with by the parent or guardian. This policy worked successfully. 

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