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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  2:13 pm
Commenter: M. P.

Profound Support of Trans Youth and Trans Lives

This well-researched and evidence-based proposal is an essential work towards protecting young American lives. Public education systems have the responsibility of serving all of our students. To do this, they simply must provide responsive, inclusive, and safe learning environments. This kind of proposal is much needed, and frankly, overdue.

Virginia, join your fellow state, Oregon, in establishing a strong base for student rights and care. Policies that actively support transgender students are associated with higher rates of school attendance, higher academic achievement, and improvements in both mental and physical health for our student population. These policies lift up learning for our communities and families, and protect young people from hate. This is an opportunity to aid in achieving peace and security for all American students. This work never ends, and Oregon continues to learn more and do more, just as Virginia can.

As public entities serving our diverse communities, we should always act with the most vulnerable students in mind. This policy would protect previously vulnerable students and create safer, more inclusive learning environments. All students who have ever felt vulnerable can benefit from this work. Let's do it!

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