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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  10:43 pm
Commenter: Rebecca Reid

Support for Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia Public Schools
I am writing to express my strong support for the Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia Public Schools. I believe they will provide excellent education and guidance to localities in Virginia, which in turn ensures appropriate and supportive responses to students identifying as transgender. 
As a parent of a student entering public school within the next year, I believe these policies are essential to ensuring that all children have a right to learn, free from discrimination and harassment. These policies also uphold the values and behaviors that I would want modeled for my child by adults that are leaders and authority figures in their school community.  
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