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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  10:08 am
Commenter: Cassidy Moulton

In Strong Support

Transgender children deserve the safety and rights in schools and society, just as any other child should. They are not dangerous, they are not a menace, they are children simply trying to find themselves as any child is. I am in STRONG support of any and all laws pertaining to the protection of transgender people, and hope anyone with half a heart also is.

Aside from the fact gender variance is a very real thing, suicide is extremely common among transgender adolescents. The life expectancy of transgender individuals is 35. I believe these protections proposed will help raise that life expectancy as anyone deserves. They deserve a full life.

I hope the VA lawmakers will consider the lives of those most effected rather than just nasty comments in opposition of protection of people.

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