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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  5:36 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Protect trans youth

i see a lot of scared parents in the comments, and I can understand being worried, middle school is always a scary time, but I am begging you to not potentially make it worse for your child. If they are scared to tell you their trans, ask yourself if there is a reason, if you have given them a reason to think you may not support them. 
if you are arguing of science, I beg you to do research (I beg all of you that this term scares to do some real scientific research) as it is more than just people who experience ‘being trans’. It happens in other species too, but for them they are not burdened with high brain function and a community that may mock and hurt. 
Trans people are not new either, being open about it is, and that is wonderful, as it means trans people may get help and be proud of who they are. 
For those arguing with bible versus, I’d like to one, mention separation of church and state, and two remind you that the golden rule has always been love thy neighbor. How can you say you adhere to that when you can’t even love your child for who they are? God said he created us in his imagine, and that means every aspect, including the changes we make to feel more at peace within ourselves.

I have trans friends, some who’s parents are the reason they are happy and feel supportive and have always been confident in themselves, and I have trans friends who do not speak to their families for what they did and said to them when they came out.

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