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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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1/12/21  11:53 am
Commenter: VA high school student


I believe the number one priority of all educators should never stray away from educating the children that show up to school, no matter how they show up. If they are online or in person if that student shows up to school, there is some part of them that desires to learn. Every single one of these students that comes to learn should be able to in an accepting, supporting environment. This seems like an unreasonable goal, but one we should aim for. If this environment is lacking, there will be a loss of motivation and effort in school. Isn’t the educators job to educate kids no matter their situation. To be impartial to their students differences and teach them to their best ability. I believe there should be a smooth transition to these changes to ensure the safety and security of all students; nonetheless a change must happen. Times are changing and adapting to the change will do more substantially more good than fighting it.

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