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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  8:23 am
Commenter: Mason Phillips

These policies are ESSENTIAL

It is unfortunate, but our schools desperately need this guidance from the state. Without it, too many school boards are reluctant to codify policies that protect transgender students for fear of the political fallout. 

It angers me that so many still see LGBTQ issues as political issues that one can choose or not choose to support. Our transgender students are not trying to make a political statement. These are not political issues. They are human issues, and it shouldn't be choice whether or not we provide equal access, rights, and protections to these students.

I fully support the proposed policy, and I applaud the state for undertaking this hard, but necessary work.

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