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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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1/11/21  1:27 pm
Commenter: Jennifer Breseman

Strongly Support

As a parent with children in Fairfax County public schools and as a Registered Nurse, I strongly support this guidance.  It is critical that all our students be given the support they need to succeed in school and that evidence based guidelines be put in place to guide educators to help make this possible.  We know that transgender and non-binary students who receive support at school and at home can be healthy and thrive and those who face discrimination struggle with their education and their physical and mental health.  No one should need to worry about being called the wrong name or pronouns or not being able to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identitiy at school.  Additionally, educators need guidelines to help them do their best for their students.  All Virginians deserve the opportunity to thrive.  

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