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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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1/19/21  11:10 am
Commenter: Mary Driebe

Trans students: This is necessary

As an educator, I have taught children who have transitioned during the school year. It is evident to me that it is necessary to offer support for our students and training for teachers. We cannot afford to lose another adolescent or adult to depression or worse yet suicide because we did not recognize or SEE them as they truly are... a human worthy of respect and love. 

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