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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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2/3/21  11:53 am
Commenter: Won-Suk Choi

I strongly support this legislation.

I will always support any initiative that allows our children to accept inherent traits and immutable characteristics and accept and love those unchangeable feelings thoughts and emotions with every other part of themselves. 

Continuing to treat gender nonconforming students as pariahs is unacceptable and not supported by science. Our insistence on categorising socially constructed norms as infallible biological traits is not supported by what we see in the natural world. We are bringing societal biases into flawed srguments that biological sex is determinative. Our children are paying the price. I for one welcome the opportunity to learn from the experiences of our children as we try to make sure that everyone rightly gets the opportunity to feel safe and loved. 

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