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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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1/12/21  7:57 am
Commenter: James Grimm


I am expressing my full support of Virginia's adoption of this policy. As a parent of a gender expansive child, I can fully understand the life changing implications of inclusion. We only benefit from living in a world where people are free to be who they are. 


Over the past few years, I have opened myself up information on gender and what that actually means. If you think gender is binary as I once did, your information is outdated, and misinformed. Please challenge yourself to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and I have no doubt that you will find compassion there.

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