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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  8:52 pm
Commenter: Doris Dippel

Concern for All Students

As a concerned Virginia citizen, I have reviewed the VDOE draft of the policy to fairly accommodate transgender students in our public schools.


While I believe no student should be the object of negative criticism and ill-treatment, I do not think that positive discrimination benefits them, either. Some transgender students may not mind being partially or completely nude in front of binary students of their gender identity.  Many others will be more reticent to toilet, dress or shower in view of other students.


To reduce emotional trauma for all students, I request that the policy require adequate numbers of single-person bath, shower and locker areas for use by transgender and binary students who desire privacy.  That is the kindest way to manage gender identity issues and the reduction of negative discrimination toward those students.


Thank you.



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