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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  2:12 pm
Commenter: EJ Mojica, Spectrum at CNU


I write in support of the Model Policies on the Treatment of Transgender Students, because I believe all students, including anyone who identifies in the Transgender/Gender Non-Comforming/Nonbinary (TGNCNB) community, should have equal access to education where they can thrive and reach their full potential.

I am currently in my fourth year in college and I am part of the Executive Board in Spectrum, the LGBTQ+ organization at Christopher Newport University. I hold the positions of Historian and Events Chair in this group. I find it so vital for Virginia to have schools that are supportive and inclusive to transgender and nonbinary students, because to this day there are individuals in academic settings where they aren’t being respected to the best degree that they deserve. This proposed guidance would definitely make a difference to those who are students in the TGNCNB community because they deserve to belong in school and not have to consider going somewhere else just because someone discriminates and/or violates their identity. 

This proposed rule will make Virginia schools a better place to learn for transgender and nonbinary students, which creates a better learning environment for all. Thank you for your commitment to ensuring safe and welcoming schools for all Virginia students. 


EJ Mojica


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