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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  8:09 pm
Commenter: Mads S


When I was young there was no feasible way to comfortably or acceptably identify as trans or nonbinary. There wasn’t even a feeling for a kid to pinpoint. Now the people and VA lawmakers have the power and ability to relieve so many kids of the gender dysphoria, the bullying, the feeling of alienation in their own skin. I fully back and advocate for the lives and rights of trans identifying kids. The assumption trans people are predators is a myth perpetuated by bigots. These are our kids. They need love and acceptance from the ones who have power because their peers are very well being taught hatefulness at home. It’s 2021 and we now have a chance to make our children seen, to make sure they know we have their back. We owe it to the ones who will makeup the future, to protect them from hate, bigotry and evil. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it’s a threat to you. 

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