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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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1/10/21  3:15 pm
Commenter: Jennifer Alluisi

Strongly Support
 

The data gathered by psychologists over years of practice is clear: Affirming a child's gender identity leads to dramatically lower rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide among transgender children. This alone is a reason that schools should affirm a child's gender identity, protect their privacy as needed, educate school staff, and provide appropriate accommodations to gender-expansive students. Schools have a responsibility to keep their students safe, both physically and mentally, during school hours and school activities. This bill goes a long way toward doing that, and I fully support it.

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