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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  7:23 pm
Commenter: Matthias Paul Telkamp

Fully Support this. We need to move the country forward on bringing equity to all students.

I want to make sure that I am clear on my support for the VDOE policy that has been put forth entitled “Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools.” This is something that should not have taken so long to be done and should be fully supported. There are several benefits to this document (Linked below) that held students that are dealing with many different issues. No matter the student’s course in life, this should be a fun time and one that they can reflect on positively.

The time has come for society to accept that this is normal. Continuing to have bias and warped sense of right and wrong should not longer be accepted. I have read several of the comments on the document and I am appalled that people are being so negative about this issue. There are students everyday that are dealing with issues and those kids need to feel that they have protections too. Most of the comments come from people claiming to be Christian, but they are not caring nor compassionate with everyone. Instead, they are showing how little they know of Jesus who accepted anyone that wanted to be in his presence. We should strive to be more inclusive. Not less inclusive.

I fully support this as policies that should be implemented and approved to improve the lives of our students.


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