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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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1/15/21  9:28 pm
Commenter: Vicki L Kellum (parent)

Strongly support

I strongly support the model policies for transgender students.  This is vital for the health and well being of transgender and non-conforming students.  Transgender people have higher rates of suicide and are more likely to contemplate suicide than the general population.  They are also often targets of bullying.  We must do all we can to help these students so they can grow up feeling safe and accepted.  We also must foster acceptance of transgender and non-conforming students in schools and society as a whole.  It makes me very sad to read the comments of some people.  I hope you will not listen to the comments of ignorant and bigoted people when deciding on policy.  We need to put children first, and the model policy does just that.

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