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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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1/6/21  9:58 am
Commenter: j law

VDOE policy proposal
 

The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools contains content which will increase problems identified in the document rather than decrease those problems.

According to the document, the key guiding principle of the model policies is that all children have a right to learn, free from discrimination and harassment. The policies identified in the document do not increase this right for all children but do decrease for some children.

House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161, enacted by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, required the model include "evidence-based best practices". The following sections contain no evidence that this model will support the key guiding principle: Student Privacy/Confidentiality, School Records, Dress Code, Access to Activities and Facilities. The one section with evidence does not indicate this model will increase the key guiding principle but will only "lower" self harm behavior.

If enacted, this model will increase discrimination and harassment of groups of students. No evidence was presented that this model lowers discrimination and harassment for all students or increases the right to learn by all students. Before adopting this model, VDOE is encouraged to evaluate how this model will affect some students negatively.

 

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