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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  10:08 am
Commenter: Erin Baroni, Hasbro Children's Hospital


As a med-peds trained physician, I STRONGLY SUPPORT any efforts to protect transgender and gender diverse persons. We have a multitude of evidence to show that supporting these communities decreases rates of suicide by 70% !!! Not to mention a slew of other positive benefits. We also have evidence to suggest that these communities do not "regret" gender affirming care as some have proposed. This is incredible, and I really hope the state of Virginia continues to support and reinforce safety for these communities. 

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