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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  12:16 pm
Commenter: Caroline Hughes


Childhood is a tumultuous time for any kid, especially for those who are fighting the uphill battle to simply exist as their happiest, most authentic self. Kids who feel supported and well rooted in their true selves perform high in education, are able to feel more included and engaged in the community, and it can reduce the shockingly high suicide rate for Trans/non binary youth. Basic respect and support shouldn’t need to be debated, but clearly we need to do better by our community. For those posting negative comments, I urge you to lean in and learn more about their journeys. Please, please add more inclusive protections to ensure ALL youth are well supported and better provided for. Our communities are stronger when we make space for ALL. 

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