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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  7:25 pm
Commenter: Aria Pahari


I support this legislation that works to allow trans youth to experience safety and acceptance at school, which can function as a site of stress if there is no structural support for students who are trans and gender nonconforming. It also should not be the burden and responsibility of trans and gender nonconforming youth to have to educate their teachers and peers on their identities and experiences. These model policies will strive to build education and acceptance within the school environment so trans and gnc students can be more present and not live in fear, and their peers can learn how to be supportive, respectful allies. 

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