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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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1/18/21  4:41 pm
Commenter: Martha L Gravett, MS., Pedagogical Consultant

Endorse Providing Guidance to Educators

Working in the field of early childhood education for 50 plus years, I have observed that children often become aware of their place on the gender identity continuum first as preschoolers and then carry their awareness forward into their teens and adulthood.  Given this is true, and given that young people who do not understand this process may have questions, may  bully or distain transgender individuals, or may become confused;  adult guidance is needed. The adults responsible for the education and care of all of these children deserve good information in order to support them all-- both transgender and non, and from preschoolers to 12th graders.     

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