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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  9:15 am
Commenter: Josh M

Strongly Support

Non-binary children are children, they aren't something to be feared. The legitimacy of their existence should be affirmed, especially as adolescents when they are coming to terms with their gender identity. Issues surrounding locker rooms/etc. should be addressed by increasing privacy for students who desire it, not by shoehorning them into a gender identity that is most convenient for the adults involved. This guidance is badly needed, as many school boards across the state are unlikely to address these issues of their own volition.

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