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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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1/14/21  10:43 pm
Commenter: Andrea Aron-Schiavone

Social Worker Supporting this Lifesaving Policy

Trans students deserve all the protections afforded to them so that they can not only survive, but thrive. As a social worker, I am passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations and trans students face adverse outcomes such as homelessness, bullying, and even suicide at disproportional rates. Hate has no place in institutions that are supposed to protect youth and help them feel safe. I strongly support ! Thank you for your time and consideration.

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