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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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1/8/21  10:19 am
Commenter: David Sale


I fully support the implementation of these Model Policies in every school in Virginia. At their root, they are about nondiscrimination -- surely an idea that everyone can get behind. Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face regular harassment, bullying, and discrimination in workplaces, schools, and public areas, and these policies will go a long way to making sure that every Virginia child has a safe space. 

To the dissenters, these policies are not the result of random experiences or a specific agenda, they come from the lived and shared experience of 100s and 1000s of transgender folx who experience depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts on a daily basis because of the way they are treated, as well as thorough and non-partisan research conducted by the VDOE, school psychologists, school social workers, and family specialists. It has the support of stakeholders from across Virginia's school systems, professional associations, and individuals who have either the academic expertise or lived experience to conclude definitively that policies like this would help. 

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