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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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1/11/21  1:21 pm
Commenter: Connor K


Trans children deserve support and if we can find a way to prevent just one of them from experiencing abuse that can lead to suicide then such action needs to be studied and taken. Let's not forget that in the face of progress there has always been dissenters that will deny their dissent years later. White people did not want Black people in their schools, but the children of those white people would never admit their parents held those beliefs. Cisgender, heterosexual people did not want queer people to be happy but now queer people enjoy overwhelming support in national polls. The same will be said of trans students. People will wrongly oppose to their happiness and limiting the unequal and unnecessary treatment they face, but in 10 years will deny they were ever of that mindset. Please set an example, today, that you stand with marginalized people and not their oppressors.

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