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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  11:14 pm
Commenter: Tara Meeks

Preservice teacher in strong support
 

The top priority of schools should be to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all students. Unfortunately, our public schools have failed transgender and gender expansive students in this regard far too often. Research from reputable organizations like the Trevor Project have shown trans students who are supported and affirmed experience better mental health outcomes and lower instances of suicidality. (https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2020/?section=Supporting-Transgender-Nonbinary-Youth) Protecting trans students literally saves lives. As I prepare to enter the teaching profession, I hope I can be part of VA schools that do better for our trans and nonbinary students.

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