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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  7:59 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Full Support for Transgender Student Policy
 

I am a parent with two students in Arlington County Public Schools. Both of my children have friends and family members who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.  They celebrate it. They celebrate their friends and family.  They are happy that their friends and family can express who they really are at their core. In fact, they often don't see any kind of difference and just see the kind and fun friend/family who they are.  And I am so proud that they are being loyal, caring friends.

Not everyone is supportive. But that is not the role of government. Public schools need to provide strong clear guidance that allows all students to focus on school regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. My children and I support this guidance for that reason.    

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