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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  10:27 am
Commenter: Danielle

Strongly Support

I strongly support this movement for transgender students in schools - it is a difficult time in a person's life as they are trying to figure out who they are and where they belong. I myself saw many of my classmates at that time in my life depressed, lost, turning to drugs or other dangerous activities and cutting themselves from bullying even though we were in a well off area in one of the best high schools in Fairfax county.

It is not the school system's job to force religious ideals or traditional ideals on kids who just want to explore their identity. Parents are free to think whatever they want, but to oppose a bill that advocates for anti bullying and support of students? That's advocating for the continued terrorizing of these kids who only need support. I strongly support this document because people should be allowed to think whatever they want but they should not be allowed to terrorize other people just because they are different.

Schools need to stand up for these kids. The outdated and abrasive opinions by traditional parents who think "God made us this way" are harmful - they can teach that in their own home, but if their kid turns out to be transgender and needs support, at least they could get it from school. Additionally, a public school is not a place for enforcing religious beliefs. Let children learn in a safe environment regardless of how they are different. If they are not accepted at home they deserve to be accepted SOMEWHERE. This could save lives. 

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