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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  11:32 am
Commenter: Haleigh Fitzpatrick-Owen, HCPS

Teacher in proud support of our trans students

I am a middle school teacher in proud support of trans and gender non-conforming, gender-exploring students. Students have a right to feel safe in exploring and solidifying their identities in the public school setting. Normalizing the acceptance of trans youth will pave the way for greater acceptance of trans and LGBTQ+ people. We need to uplift the trans and queer community and begin building a strong foundation of love and understanding early on in our future generations.

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