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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  9:59 am
Commenter: Laura Goren

Support the model policies to help schools support every student

These thoughtful model policies provide guidance for school divisions and schools in how to comply with Virginia nondiscrimination law and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students. Having a VDOE model policy reduces the burden on each local school division and school board to develop their own policy from scratch. And this policy incorporates best practices for making sure that every student has the opportunity to learn in a safe environment. No child should fear going to school because of who they are. 

I care about this because my faith tradition teaches that there is that of G-d in every person, including gender variant people who are often pushed to the margins by the dominant culture. I also care about this because it will make a concrete difference in improving the lives of young people who I know and will reduce the stress on their parents related to navigating conversations with school staff.

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