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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1/5/21  2:43 pm
Commenter: Martha Danielson


As a parent of a transgender student in the public schools of Virginia, I support this policy for many reasons. Primarily because my child has been specifically singled out by a teacher because of a request made to use my child's preferred pronouns. The teacher was instructed by school administration and school board personnel to use the correct pronouns and the teacher refused creating a very unhealthy and potentially dangerous atmosphere for my child. All children should be given the same respect whether transgender,cisgender, or nonbianary. In my child's case, the teacher asserted his religious belief, and stated that it went against what he believed and therefore refused to use the correct pronouns even after a meeting that I had with the teacher prior to the school year begininng. Even after I explained the benefits of using the correct pronouns, in large part, the amount that it can lower suicidal ideation that the child may be experiencing. I do not believe that transgender students should be given over and above treatment to that of their cisgender peers, but I do believe that educators should consider the science that is more than evident and overwhelming and realize that these children have every right to be treated fairly while in the school. The schools have a responsibility to ensure a safe and equitable learning environment for all children. 

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