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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  5:01 pm
Commenter: Virginia Citizen, Parent, and Ally

Strongly Support!!
 

These guidelines are a critical step to providing a safe and supportive environment for children coming to terms with their gender identity.  Seeing the number of comments that seek to condemn trans youth (and adults) only reinforces the urgent need for sound policies in the face of such bigotry.  Having watched several of my children’s friends work through the process of resolving their gender identity, I have seen first hand how a supportive environment is critical for their mental and physical health.  Even in a supportive environment the journey of a transgender person is challenging and fraught.  We owe it to ALL of our children in the Commonwealth to ensure they are each valued for who they are.  These guidelines are a critical first step towards building a supportive environment.

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