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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  10:45 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Hold teachers and administrators accountable!

Teacher's tenure contracts should hold a clause that if they do harm to any student or demographic that they will be fired, regardless of the protections tenure holds for them. This would include if they have been investigated and found to have expressed any anti-LGBTQ, racist, misogynist, or ableist beliefs to any student or staff. It would go on record and be cause for termination. Any teacher who holds anti-LGBTQ sentiments are a threat to LGBTQ students and create an environment that allows discrimination and harm. Secondary to that they should also be enrolled in the databases police search to conduct background checks for churches, scout organizations, sports organizations, and any other background check conducted on adults who have contact with students so organizations are aware of the threat posed by that person for their LGBTQ children. That information should be provided to these groups requesting background investigations so they can make the determination if the (former) teacher still poses a threat to minors.

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