Children can not learn in an environment where they do not feel safe, welcomed, or valued. The policy recommendations will provide much needed guidance, procedures and supportive materials so schools can provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, especially LGBTQ youth. I believe the education and training recommendations are particularly important for the many educators, counselors, and other school staff who deal directly with the students on a day to day basis. When our children succeed, we all succeed. I am a parent of two children who graduated from the Virginia public school system, and I very strongly support this policy recommendation.