Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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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1/4/21  9:31 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Proposed Transgender Policy

I do not support this policy for the following reasons. The majority of the students are not transgender and would not be comfortable sharing toilets/changing rooms with both genders. An alternative is to have unisex bathroom/changing rooms. Secondly, I don’t know how faculty/staff or students are going to know whether a student is transgender unless it is announced to the entire school on a daily basis as a students sexual identification may change. Thus, I do not agree to disciplinary action for faculty, staff or students as it could have been a simple mistake, not intended to offend. 

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