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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  5:43 pm
Commenter: VA Transgender Graduate

I just wanted to attend school

As a recent graduate of a VA high school, I fully support this document. I was lucky enough to attend a relatively accepting school, but I still attended every day in fear of discrimination. I stopped playing soccer, something I had done for 13 years, because I would have to petition the VHSL to even let me play on either team. I paid extra money to take gym online because of the intense amount of anxiety that surrounded locker room situations. I almost ran down hallways to the other side of the school every time I had to use the restroom so that I could use the only single stall bathroom. I lived in fear and anxiety. Sometimes it feels like I didn’t even attend high school or graduate at all. My transcripts and other documents that were sent to colleges had only my legal name in them. I had to petition my counseling office to even let me graduate under anything other than my legal name and then, when the  ceremony fell to administration after the virus, I was deadnamed at my own graduation. I want for transgender students in Virginia to not have to face the anxiety and disappointment I did during the years I was out as transgender at school. 

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