Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  2:31 pm
Commenter: Cam Mears

Strongly Support! Trans kids deserve protection

I strongly support this proposal. It is based on quality research and comes from an educated point of view. Transgender kids should not have to go throughout life with their identity constantly erased. Policies that support trans kids are associated with higher rates of school attendance, higher academic achievement, and improvements in both mental and physical health. Protection for trans kids do not have to come at the expense of cisgender kids. Imbalanced power structures are what allow kids to be abused, not protections for vulnerable minorities. This policy would allow for a safer and more effective learning environment.

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