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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  8:15 pm
Commenter: Siena

full support of equal rights for students

The issues addressed by the proposed policies are not questions of 'special treatment' or 'preference', as some opposing comments on this forum state. What is at stake in these policies is a basic issue of human rights: the right of students to access public education without having to sacrifice their identity, or their safety. 


In considering this policy, it is also important to think of what not passing this legislation means. The alternative to ratifying this document is not a neutral stance, it is an active choice to discriminate against and marginalize students on the basis of gender. 


The importance of this policy extends beyond its direct effect on the inclusion and well-being of transgender students. Public schools are where most kids learn the social skills, values, and practices that come to define and shape their adult selves. Passing this policy would be a meaningful step towards developing learning environments that model acceptance, allyship, and compassion, not just for trans students but for all members of the community. 


For these reasons, as well as those that have been listed by other contributors, I am in full support of this legislation. 









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