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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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1/10/21  1:22 pm
Commenter: Anon

Strongly support

I think these model policies are excellent. I graduated high school back in 2015 and I wish more polices like these were placed and implemented. Transgender students deserve to feel heard and safe at school. For some students, school is the only place where they feel safe. Kids can't learn well if they are constantly in fear of being who they are and expressing themselves. I believe if these policies were implemented, kids would feel safer, be more open and honest about their struggles, feel more supported, feel like they can talk to faculty, etc. We go to school not to just learn how to read and write - we go to school to learn about social issues, diversity, how to debate effectively, how to problem solve, etc. It is a place to learn, grow, and be exposed to differences.

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