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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  1:56 pm
Commenter: Elizabeth Boskey, PhD.

Evidence based, comprehensive, clear

As a researcher who works in the field of gender affirming care for young adults, I was pleased to see this thoughtful, evidence-based proposal for how schools can support gender diverse youth. Youth who have access to supportive environments, safe environments, and environments where they know they can access support in times of crisis are more likely to be able to thrive. For some youth who do not have parental support, school can be the only safe place for them to be themselves. For others, school is a part of living a whole and healthy life. This protocol is clear and comprehensive. It addresses the needs of both gender diverse and cisgender students by seeking to eliminate gender-related barriers to successful education. I strongly support the implementation of this policy and believe it could be a model policy for other state boards of education. 

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