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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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2/2/21  11:56 pm
Commenter: Student/Future Educator

Strongly Support

As educators it is a responsibility that all teachers create a space in their classrooms where all students are able to learn comfortably and successfully learn and grow.  Discrimination of any kind in schools is repugnant and all teachers should be working to eliminate any and all discriminatory actions.  One of the biggest things we teach students is that they should feel confident in being who they are and should be proud of their individuality.  If this goal of teachers does not include a student's right to express themselves and identify as they best see fit than the education system is choosing to act with intent of hypocrisy and are actively not putting the effort in to make every student's educational experience the best it can be.

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