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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  5:44 pm
Commenter: Rachel Brown

Fully Support

It is our responsibility as educators to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students. Unfortunately, we know (from data and more importantly young people themselves) that this is not currently the reality in all Virginia schools. Far too many of our trans and nonbinary youth report feeling unsafe at school, and we must do everything in our power to respond to the discrimination and violence taking place. It is our duty to ensure all of our students are able to thrive, and these policies are a crucial step in that direction. 

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