Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  11:57 pm
Commenter: Susan O. Johnson

Wholeheartedly approve!

I write from the perspective of a former educator with seventeen years of teaching in primary grade classrooms, as the mother of three grown children, and five grandchildren, one of whom is transgender. These guidelines outline policies that will provide a safe, supportive, and kind school environment for all children. This type of environment is needed by all children in order to learn and grow to their potential.

Someone wise once said, "I don't remember many words my teachers said, or books or things they showed me, but I do remember how they made me feel". I finished high school nearly a half-century ago, but my most vivid memories are of times when I had intense feelings: winning an award, a teacher's private and sincere compliment on my writing, classmates teasing me about my skinny legs or laughing at my failed attempts to climb the rope in gym class. The good feelings make you float on air and want to work harder; the horrible feelings blot out everything and turn your day black. These guidelines will help children have those good feelings, and minimize the horrible ones.

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