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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  5:44 pm
Commenter: KF

“Protecting Trans kids” doesn’t mean anyone is forcing your kids to be trans
 

I’m genuinely confused by the outpouring of indignation about children being FORCED to switch genders, since that is not what’s happening?

This is about protecting and supporting children who identify as trans or non binary. It is not about stripping away parental rights, or forcing/encouraging children to change genders. LGBTQ+ youth experience disproportionately high levels of bullying and depression specifically because they often have no support. Many people seem to think that this is a “choice” (it isn’t) for trans kids. If that’s the case, then obviously you should support putting an infrastructure in place with counseling and resources that allow a child to understand and make informed decisions about what they’re experiencing. Again, these are children. Sad to see that so many people’s bigotry is so deeply ingrained that they’re willing to allow a child to suffer, rather than attempt any modicum of understanding.

That said, trained staff should be handling these matters, not teachers who are already overworked and underpaid. 

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