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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  1:41 pm
Commenter: James Anderson

Excellent Step Forward!

This is a very heartening to read and I am proud to be a Virginia alumnus and to have my kids currently enrolled in Virginia schools. Education is about more than what textbooks say and its more than how to solve equations. Education is also about learning how to be a good citizen and I'm happy to see that this will now involve recognizing the gender identity of the students, not only so that they can feel accepted and supported, but also so that their cisgender classmates are exposed at an early age to classmates whose gender identity isn't the same as their own and that that's not weird or scary. It's just different.

I heartily support these guidelines.

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