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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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1/15/21  4:20 pm
Commenter: Susan Carden

Please Return to Science for Transgender Issue

I strongly oppose the guidelines that would require teachers to use a student's preferred pronoun. It deeply disturbs me that VDOE seems to be abandoning science and ignoring alarming trends regarding teen suicide when formulating these policies. Educators have long stood as a valuable resource to students; do not abandon that tradition and pursue policies that will actually place children at greater risk.

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