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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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1/5/21  11:24 pm
Commenter: April Whipp

Strongly Support

As a teacher myself, my top priority is to protect my students both emotionally and physically. These policies would help to ensure that ALL students feel safe and protected at school. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states that students first need to feel safe, feel that they belong, and feel confidence in themselves before they can fully participate in problem solving. It is the responsibility of the VDOE to ensure that policies are in place to help prevent any possible discrimination. Time and time again, we have unfortunately seen discrimination toward transgender people turn violent and even deadly. We must protect all students. Please enact these policies to protect our transgender youth. 

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