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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  11:48 am
Commenter: Jane Cornelius

Full Support!

As the mother of a transgender youth, and a longtime Board Membe of PFLAG Blue Ridge,  I know firsthand the need for such guidelines to protect our students.   These policies are based on best practices which have been thoroughly researched.  It is critical for our childrens' emotional and physical well-being to provide them with the support they need and deserve.  My own child was in 5th grade (2010) when we realized that it was necessary to support his gender identity.  We got ourselves educated, talked to medical experts in the field, and realized how important family support was to his well-being. We tried to help educate his teachers & counselors, who were sympathetic, but we were out of our depth.  I am relieved that these policies are finally being introduced.   Fortunately, my son is a happy, healthy 20-year old sophomore at Va Tech.  It wasn't always easy, but we persevered and did the right thing.  Please help make the school atmosphere easier for today's non-binary children.   Thank you. 

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