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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  1:58 pm
Commenter: P.C.

Scientist in support of this policy

As a professional biologist who also has training in human gender and sexuality studies, I strongly support this evidence-based policy. We are in a period of rapidly learning more about the incredible diversity of human beings, at all levels of both biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. This policy applies that new knowledge to making schools safer for our children.

Opposition to this policy which claims to be based in biology or "common sense" ignores decades of work in biology, psychology, and the social sciences. I strongly encourage the VDOE to listen to the research, and to the many transgender people who would have benefited from similar policies. We have an obligation to make things better for the next generation.

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