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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  4:52 am
Commenter: Katherine Walser

Strongly Support

Over the course of the last fiver years I had the privilege to work with many students along the LGBTQ+ spectrum. These students were incredible in so many ways and a joy to work with. They were passionate, hardworking, creative, and spirited individuals. Their gender identity was not always easy and often a process of discovery. I am so thankful that my class and school overall (for the most part) could be a safe space for these young adults. Unfortunately not all schools in Virginia create safe spaces for trans-gender (gender-expansive, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming) individuals. This policy is a step towards providing a safe learning space for all students in Virginia's schools. While our state and nation's history is full of discriminatory policies and laws, Model Policies presents us with an opportunity to do better going forward. I want my state's laws and policies to reflect values of freedom and respect for the most vulnerable among us - our children. 

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