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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: Elizabeth Solano

Protect Trans Students!

I am 100% in support of the guidelines proposed to protect Trans students within the Virginia school system. They deserve safety just as much as cisgender students. This decision should not be influenced by fear, lack of understanding and education of those who are opposed to this proposed guideline. As someone who works within the public school system it is important we continue the work of decolonizing and addressing white supremacy practices and this is one of the ways we can work towards equitable education for ALL.

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