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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  11:49 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly support

These guidelines are critical for the long-term physical, mental, and emotional health of all children. Implementing these measures will simply not require significant effort or discomfort of the teachers, administrators, and students in these schools — implementing these measures will only benefit teachers, administrators, and students. To oppose any of these measures is to bluntly tell transgender, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ+ children that they are not allowed to be themselves. Comments opposing these measures are pro-discrimination and, in many ways, advocating AGAINST free speech among young people in NC. Do the right thing and implement these policies in NC schools. 

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