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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  2:35 pm
Commenter: J. Coulson, parent

Support the guidance!

As a parent, I strongly support this guidance. Many of the comments that oppose the guidance are proving why this population of students needs support. I don't want any child to have to face this type of criticism and disrespect at school. Transgender and non-binary students are not infringing on anyone else's rights. They are only asking for basic dignity and respect while at school. If these students feel threatened or the environment at school is hostile, they cannot learn. When LGBTQ students are provided with affirming environments and their mental health is supported, their life outcomes are much better. Tolerance of differences and support for any marginalized student is the compassionate approach. Science and the medical community back up the need for a supportive approach. Tearing down our community members only weakens the entire community. Let us lift one another up. Be kind. 

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