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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: Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb

I strongly support the proposed Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students
 

Thank you for your proposed guidance to assist education agencies in adopting policies that protect transgender and nonbinary students. All students have the right to feel safe and secure in their school and to thrive and reach their full potential.

My youngest is gender queer.  They have bravely come forward to be their authentic self. However, they waited until they were an adult before doing so. I can only imagine how difficult it would have been had they done so in their K-12 years.  Too many transgender and nonbinary students in our schools have been bullied, discriminated against, mocked and stripped of the dignity owed to all students.  

Teachers, staff, administrators and students play such an important role in the academic achievement and social well-being of our children.  They make all the difference in whether a child, teen or young adult feels respected and accepted. These policies will enable our schools to be a haven where children learn, follow their passions and achieve their dreams. Too many children who have not received such support have either contemplated, or committed, suicide.  That is tragic. 

I commend you for drafting this guidance and encourage you to adopt it so that our schools throughout the Commonwealth welcome all and educate our students to be caring, compassionate citizens of the world. 

Sincerely,

Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb

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