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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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1/20/21  5:58 am
Commenter: Ezra Lee

Strongly support!

I strongly support changing guidelines for schools regarding how to treat transgender and genderqueer students. I'm a student in a very conservative town, and unfortunately LGBTQ+ students, especially those who are trans, are often bullied and mistreated by other students and staff. Having measures in place to protect trans students and help administration create a safe learning environment for them would be very beneficial. About 75% of transgender students feel unsafe at school. Over half of transgender teens consider or attempt suicide. Trans students need and deserve a learning environment that will help them grow without being discriminated against by their peers, teachers, and school.

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