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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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2/3/21  11:48 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly support. Treat others how you want to be treated.

I knew a child at the age of three who took deep exception to being called by his name. We didn’t know or have the words at the time but that child was struggling to cement their trans identity in a world that couldn’t comprehend what they knew in their psyche.

That child struggled to build relationships through school, developed a serious eating disorder leading to hospitalization and life long health issues, as well as cutting behaviors and attempting suicide.

I am utterly horrified by some of the comments I’ve seen. I have my own children now ages 3-10 and I cannot imagine about speaking about someone’s child the way that some of these people have. 

Treating trans kids with the most basic levels of respect and tolerance saves lives. If you’re the type of person that life is sacred, starts act conception, and wants to #savethechildren, here are children that need saving, are asking for help, and have concrete ideas about how you can help.

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