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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  11:34 am
Commenter: Nathan Bentley

Wholeheartedly support

A good education is paramount to success in life, and key to a good education is a safe, supportive environment for all students to learn in.

That safe, supportive environment must be gender affirming. Not only will it drastically improve the lives of trans or questioning students, it will improve the lives of cis students as well. So much of the stress of middle and high school revolves around trying to conform to the arbitrary standards of masculine or feminine imposed by society. Breaking down those barriers, showing male kids it's okay to like "girly" things, or female kids it's okay to enjoy "masculine" activities, as well as just more activities that put male and female students into the same arena where they can interact in non-gender segregated ways will help students grow up without many of the toxic stereotypes that infest our thinking.

Support for Trans kids is support for all kids. Making schools safer for trans students makes schools safer for all students. I fully support this proposal, and note that those in opposition aren't actually concerned for students. They're simply uncomfortable with the idea, or just straight up bigots.

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