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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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2/3/21  6:42 am
Commenter: Rudy Almanzor, President. Hampton Roads Pride


As President of the leading LGBTQ advocacy organization in Hampton Roads, I am proud to see the commitment of the Virginia Department of Education to ensure a positive, safe, and nurturing learning environment for all students. I would have loved to have seen this level of acceptance while a teenager in Virginia Beach Public Schools. It is truly heart warming that the key guiding principle of is that all children have a right to learn, free from discrimination and harassment. By creating inclusive learning environments, transgender and non-binary young Virginians will be able to freely pursue their educational potential.

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