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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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1/18/21  5:04 pm
Commenter: Jessica W

Transgender Revisions for VA School System - Very Strongly Support

This is long overdue and I am quite happy to hear that these students will getting the legal protection and support (that they should have at a minimum) in school districts across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most negative comments here are operating off of a great amount of ignorance and fear on this issue. I should know, I am a Trans woman myself and I very much appreciate this substantial progress as it will save the lives of many Trans / Non-Binary youth who attend school in Virginia.

Gender variant individuals have existed across all cultures since the dawn of human history. It is high time they are supported and brought out of the shadows.


Diversity is strength.

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