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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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1/7/21  12:49 pm
Commenter: Lynsey Wyatt

Support Evidence-Based Policy to Protect TGNC Youth

As a youth arts educator based in Virginia, I’m commenting in support of implementing the policies outlined in this guidance document. I am an advocate for the implementation of evidence-based policies that protect the mental and physical health of our students. I have worked with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth and am aware of the unique barriers they face. Studies funded by the NIH have highlighted the lack of services for TGNC youth within public schools and have demonstrated an “urgent [need for] implementation of social and educational measures of gender identity support”. Transgender students do not have the same protections as cisgender students in Virginia and the policies outlined in this guidance document are a step in the right direction that provide clear guidance for school systems in how to create safe and supportive educational settings for TGNC youth. Please act to protect the rights of students to be free from gender-based discrimination and harassment in our schools. 

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