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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  11:52 am
Commenter: Natalia Czaikowski

Educating people as a whole human being

As an educator, I believe that our behaviour is the best example we can give our students. If they see we respect them, as they are, in turn, we can guide them to respect each other. They are also entitled to grow and figure out who they are and who they want to be in a hospitable atmosphere, within a tolerant spirit in their community.

They shouldn't fear mockery or isolation for being honest about themselves, so working together, as a community, to provide everybody with the necessary tools for understanting and inclusion is a goal to achieve. I cellebrate that the government takes a step forward in such matters by passing a law. It's the first step towards equality in society, that takes time, but hopefully, we can walk together to it.


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