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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  12:24 pm
Commenter: Elise

Support--Trans Students Have a Right to feel Safe in School

I am currently earning my teaching license while working as a practicum teacher in a Richmond high school. I have met a number of students that identify as trans, non-binary, or gender questioning. These kids deserve to feel safe and comfortable while in school. If a student feels unsafe or unseen in the classroom, he/she/they have little hope of succeeding academically--a fact supported by many of the educational theorists I've studied in my licensure program. This policy would ensure that our trans students have the chance to excel without the threat of harassment or violence. 

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