Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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.
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
2/3/21  5:32 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly support measures to protect trans youth

Trans youth are at disproportionately high risk for depression and suicide. Human Rights campaign reports place suicide attempt rates between 29.9% and 50%, depending on the gender of the respondent. A supportive community makes a massive difference in the emotional health of trans students, and that starts at the bottom with having their basic rights respected. If Virginia believes in the potential success of all students in its school systems, it should begin by ensuring all students have the right to be respected for their gender and presentation. Trans youth are far more at risk than they are a risk to anyone else. Since they are legally required to attend school, it should be a place where they are protected. 

CommentID: 95987