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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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1/8/21  9:18 am
Commenter: Will Keenan

100% Support

I fully support this evidence-based, common sense guidance. EVERY student in the Commonwealth has the right to learn in an environment that is safe, equitable, and inclusive - regardless of gender identity.

As an employee of Richmond Public Schools, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that a nurturing school environment can have on the health and well-being of students. LGBTQ+ students, who face bullying and discrimination at higher rates than their cisgender and heterosexual classmates, must be afforded the same opportunities to feel safe and cared for while at school. These model policies are a necessary step in ensuring equity for all students across Virginia.

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