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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  11:40 am
Commenter: Anonymous

In STRONG Support of these Guidelines

I stand in strong support of these guidelines. These guidelines mark a path for Virginia schools to become more inclusive and equitable. These guidelines provide protections that allow Virginian students to share their true selves with their friends, classmates and community. 

As a gay man who grew up in the state of Virginia and graduated from a public high school (Blacksburg High, class of '04) I wish these guidelines had been in effect while I was a student. I was in the closet in high school because I was afraid of how my classmates and teachers would treat me if I came out. My life would have followed an entirely different path if I had felt safe enough to come out publicly as a teenager. 

I look at the state that I grew up in and live in today and I am so glad to see the steps that Virginia has taken to protect its LGBTQ+ citizens. Virginia is a true leader to the states in our region, and we will continue to be one by enacting these guidelines. 

My deepest thanks go to those who took part in crafting these guidelines.

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