I fully support this evidence-based, common sense guidance. EVERY student in the Commonwealth has the right to learn in an environment that is safe, equitable, and inclusive - regardless of gender identity.
As an employee of Richmond Public Schools, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that a nurturing school environment can have on the health and well-being of students. LGBTQ+ students, who face bullying and discrimination at higher rates than their cisgender and heterosexual classmates, must be afforded the same opportunities to feel safe and cared for while at school. These model policies are a necessary step in ensuring equity for all students across Virginia.