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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  5:18 pm
Commenter: Anonymous


All students deserve to the right to identify and express themselves as they feel, and for that identity to be respected.

Trans and non-binary kids deserve love and respect, and people who think that allowing them to be supported means threatening the safety of cisgender students is completely off base and factually incorrect. Trans and non-binary students are not the ones putting others' safety at risk- THEY are the ones who are overwhelingly targeted and at increased risk for violence victimization, substance abuse, suicide risk, and sexual risk than their cisgender classmates because of the stigma and transphobic culture of our society.

Allow students to be equally accepted and embraced and feel safe at your school. 

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