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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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1/17/21  9:38 pm
Commenter: Alaryx Tenzer

Feedback from a Student Born and Raised in Virginia

I was born and raised in Roanoke Virginia, attending the public school system. When I came out as trans to close friends and family in middle school, people were afraid of how everyone else would react. When I came out publicly in high school, some of those fears were realized. Myself and other trans students were often harassed for simply existing, though many students and teachers were positive and supportive presences. I'm lucky that many people in my high school attempted to create a physically safe, at least, environment for trans students but even that isn't guaranteed everywhere.

Please push for protections for us. By being more formally protected by the State's education department, trans students can be better protected from discrimination to focus on being kids and doing their schoolwork, extracurriculars, and living their childhoods to the fullest like everyone should. No child should face discrimination and prejudice and you have the wonderful opportunity to protect future kids! Thank you.

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