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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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1/6/21  10:08 am
Commenter: Liz Keenan

Fully Support

I am in full support of these model policies. Every student absolutely deserves a safe, supportive learning environment, and to be treated with respect and dignity; accommodations for transgender and gender-expansive students are long overdue. I know of a number of people who would have benefited from such policies existing when I was growing up in Fairfax Co public schools.

I’m saddened, though not very surprised, to see abounding ignorance and intolerance in the dissenting comments.

People need to stop trying to use “science” (or rather, their gross misunderstanding of what it actually tells us) to justify their transphobia.

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