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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  9:31 am
Commenter: Patricia Ann Bernshausen

Strongly support trans/non-binary student rights

With regard to Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia, please be advised that I fully support the rights of transgender and non-binary students to attend public and private schools in Virginia without fear of discrimination, harassment or bullying at the hands of fellow students and/or staff.  Every student in Virginia schools should feel that their educational environment is one of acceptance, support, encouragement, and safety.





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