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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  5:55 pm
Commenter: Patty (parent of three children in Virginia public schools, physician)

STRONGLY SUPPORT
 

I fully support the document entitled "Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students." I hope the decision-makers understand that these are real children, actual students, and denying their existence (as some other commenters have done) is asinine. I am a pediatric physician and also parent to 3 VA public school students. I feel that any transgender student has the same right as my cis-gendered children to feel safe, valued, and protected at school. I have witnessed the mental health crises that arise when a transgender child is bullied and denied basic rights. This policy aims to create a learning environment that will protect those who are the most vulnerable in terms of depression and suicidal ideation (for sobering scientific facts about this truth, here is a great resource: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/LGBTQ_MentalHealth_OnePager.pdf). I entrust these decisions to be made by the experts who wrote this policy - psychologists, school counselors, lifelong educators, healthcare providers - and not random people driven by religious zealotry and fear who have made comments opposing this policy. I am also Christian and I know of many religious and spiritual people who believe in tolerance and the value of all humans, including transgender students. Thank you for reading my comment.

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