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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  9:25 pm
Commenter: Nedra

In Support

Simply put, if this proposal for model policies for the treatment of transgender students in Virginia public schools had been the operating policy for the treatment of transgender students in the Kentucky public schools that I attended, I would have had a much less stressful time coming to know myself as transgender, would have had a more fruitful time in school, and been a more successful student because of it.

I firmly believe the well-researched and evidence based positions this proposal motivates for it's model policies would improve outcomes for all students; even cis students benefit when their Trans peers can know themselves thoroughly and publicly, without fear or professional, academic, or social friction.

Nedra (they/them)

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