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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  10:53 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Create a Safety Plan for LGBTQ Students

Clearly, the plethora of negative comments for this indicates the lack of safety for LGBTQ students in schools. Each school should have an active safety plan for each LGBTQ student to address harassment, active shooters, abuse at home, abuse from the community, and abuse from teachers and administrators, to include safety officers assigned just to protect the LGBTQ students from physical and social/emotional assault and harassment. The safety officers would be able to keep and submit records of harassment and assault to the city, county, or state PD, as well as enter the information into CJIS if the offender moves to another state, or moves on to other groups to conduct their anti-LGBTQ harassment.

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