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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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1/9/21  10:18 pm
Commenter: K Nguyen

Doc does not support all students

The intent to establish the school environment as safe and conducive to the study of knowledge is noble. However, the pervasiveness of the separation of gender from biological sex in learning areas and environments outlined in the guidance document will be detrimental to the learning environment. This will further encourage the growing division between families with the financial means to send their kids to private school and those who rely solely on public education. Already the effect of this division in socioeconomic class is apparent when considering the in-person learning environment offered by private schools during the pandemic versus the virtual learning environment offered by public schools. There is a real brain drain in the potential creativity and talent of future Virginian youth in the public education system. Those "left behind" in public schools are unfairly disadvantaged. 

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