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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  8:50 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Strong Support

I support clear guidance and consistent expectations across Virginia's public schools so that all students feel safe -- a minimal standard that I would hope be clear and urgent even to people who do not support LGBTQ+ rights. I would welcome further guidance of how to represent LGBTQ+ people and families in curriculum and libraries (not just health). One example of this can be found in the MA social science standards: This would build on the state's good work in making social science more inclusive of black, brown, and native experiences. 

Thanks for your work in this process!

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