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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  5:35 pm
Commenter: Melinda M


This is in response to the transgender policy for VA Public schools:


Honestly it’s just disgraceful how many of these commenters are so wrongly misinformed of who transgender students are and the struggles they go through. In no way will a rule like this endanger your ‘straight’ students lives, it will only help create and put it place a policy that better supports these students maneuver the struggles of understanding their own sexuality while they are already most likely dealing with ostracizing by their peer and school community. Please pass this policy so that every student an an equal opportunity to a safe and fair education. Putting policies in place to help transgender students will not only help those students but create an overall more understanding, empathetic and safe environment for the school as a whole. Places of education should be for learning but also for molding students into citizens who can learn to accept and embrace differences which are what make our country so great. 

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