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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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1/13/21  4:29 pm
Commenter: Veronica Breza, Sterling resident, Teacher at Luther Jackson Middle School

Support Trans Kids
 

As a public school educator in Virginia's school system, I have seen LGBTQ students get harassed and bullied for being themselves, for being different than the majority. These children need to be protected and kept safe. Self-expression and gaining an understanding of oneself as a person can become hindered if bullying and harassment are present. Trans students are more likely to be harassed, bullied, and even harmed physically by their peers just for being who they are. This lack of support has been proven to cause lasting emotional harm and increase the likelihood of suicide. 

There is scientific evidence that proves that children know what gender they are as early as three years old. For those who don't understand gender, and think in some way that this is an agenda, I say to you: WHO WOULD ASK FOR THIS? It's dangerous. It's painful, both physically and emotionally. If anyone had a choice about who they are, they would not choose to be different. This is not a choice. This not a lifestyle. This is not an agenda. Support trans children. Be kind. Be gentle. Love one another. I think you may know of a book that tells you the same.

Veronica Breza, Sterling resident, Teacher at Luther Jackson Middle School 

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