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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  9:03 pm
Commenter: Olivia Wolfenden

Support
 

I support this bill as a former student of VBCPS, future clinical mental health counselor, and advocate for TGNC individuals. School is meant to be a safe and supportive environment to foster the growth, individuation, and education of all students. It is our responsibility and duty to prevent and heal past, current, and future gender-based traumatization. TGNC students pose no threat to other students by being given access to their human rights and are only harmed by the discriminatory policies that prevent basic interaction, integration, and self development. TGNC students can and do thrive when given an environment which supports and protects them just as their cisgender peers are given.

I truly hope these policies will be given the overwhelming support they deserve, and transgender and gender nonconforming youth will have their identities nurtured and rights protected with a safe, inclusive learning and social environment. 

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