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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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1/16/21  11:26 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Opposed Teacher

As a teacher, I am trained to be transparent and open with parents, and I would not be able to do that in all cases under this policy. I am trained to address all bullying, and therefore enacting this policy is not necessary to prevent bullying. I am trained to help all students feel safe in the restrooms across the hall from my classroom. Enacting this policy will not make that possible when students are uncomfortable with opposite-sex peers choosing to use their restroom. Let us continue to focus on the business of education as a team of teachers, students, and families without interference from this bill.

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