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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  7:21 pm
Commenter: Brittany C.

I strongly support

It is imperative that there is protection for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students in Virginia. All children deserve a safe and affirming environment to learn. Creating a truly inclusive school environment will help children become socially conscious & aware adults.

I remember in high school we had a transgender young lady in my gym class. She was beautiful, she was funny, and she was such a good hearted person. I remember being so appalled when I found out she was not allowed to dress in the girl’s locker room with us. She had to get dressed in the boys bathroom down the hall because the boys would beat her up if she went into the boy’s locker room. I remember thinking back then, as a kid....”She’s clearly one of us, there is no reason she shouldn’t be in here with us. We’d accept her.” Our society has this all wrong and it needs to change. Our children need to be protected for the person they truly are. And this is the first step in how we can undo the obsolete prejudices that plagues our society. It’s time for change. 

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