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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  11:40 am
Commenter: Ryan

Support strongly to save our youth

The proof is in the pudding. Science and research have confirmed in various sources that following the kinds of guidelines you are proposing helps to support and enrich the lives of trans and gender non conforming children. We must not let willful ignorance and unfounded fears have a real impact on students and families who want their children to grow up in a supportive school environment. We know that trans and gender nonconforming students are in no way some kind of threat to other students. Flat out, ZERO evidence. It is your duty to make sure no pupils are left to suffer the consequences for someone else’s ignorance or “religious” choices. There are many schools in other states that we can look at for precedent that shows this in no way harms cisgendered pupils or their families. No reason to hurt one group when you can pass this proposal and hurt no one. 

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