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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  7:47 pm
Commenter: Michael Kittinger

Concerned Citizen

It is imperative that all students are afforded an education in the Commonwealth of Virginia regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.  The Virginia General Assembly has passed work place protections for the LGBTQ+ community.  I was raised by a public educator and I was always told that school was my job as a student.  Therefor those same protections that our General Assembly passed should be afforded to our students as they are going to school, which is their version of a job.  Also the Supreme Court Ruled in 2020 that Title VII protections extend to the LGBTQ+ community and there has been a close connection between Title VII and Title IX rulings over the year.  

Please take this as my support for providing a safe space for our Transgender, Nonbinary, and Queer students to attend Virginia public schools.

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