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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  10:31 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Transgender Issues - Understanding vs Advocacy

Succinctly written, any policy, procedure, or curriculum on transgender issues should not include literally forcing others (whether by shunning, excluding, or even inciting violence) to agree in whether the issue is right or not and to advocate for other believes. Just as transgender individuals have rights, those who are not and don’t necessarily agree with aspects of it, have the right to respectfully disagree. My children attend Arlington Public Schools and they have felt bullied by transgender student and support groups. We believe in acceptance and include everyone in our lives - whether they believe or not in the same things we do. We should be treated with same respect. 

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