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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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1/9/21  11:24 am
Commenter: John Surr

Please Protect Transgender Students; they deserve equal treatment respecting their identities

As the grandfather of a transgender student I have seen the difficulties my grandson, formerly grand daughter, has had to face in changing his gender identity.  I applaud the Department for going forward with the proposed Bill and guidance policies, which should produce a more equal educational opportunity for all Virginia's school children, especially including those who question or change their gender identity.

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