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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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1/18/21  10:03 pm
Commenter: Katie Williams

Oppose transgender guidelines proposed

The guidelines proposed would bind teachers to compliance with confusing guidelines that could be manipulated by students who wish to continually change preferred pronouns pertaining to gender.  The school environment is a safe place for learning and teachers must be respectful and respected as the authority in their classroom.  Students may choose/change their gender outside the classroom, but must be subject to the leadership of teachers while attending school.  

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