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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  8:35 pm
Commenter: Alexandra Iannucci

Teacher in FULL Support

I am a middle school teacher and I am in FULL support of these guidelines. Over the past few years, I have had multiple students who identify as transgender or nonbinary, or who are beginning to explore their gender identity. Overall, their peers have been understanding and supportive. The kids get it--it's about time policy caught up! Having these guidelines will be great to help shift unintentionally discriminatory wordings (such as concert dress codes) as well as build a future that is inclusive of our non-binary students (such as designing new buildings with plans for single-use bathrooms). It will also help educate teachers who are not as aware or informed about how to navigate having a non-binary student. Our goal should always be to create a safe and welcoming environment for ALL of our students, and this is a huge step in the right direction. 

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