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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1/4/21  12:44 pm
Commenter: Liz Matthews

Enthusiastic support for this policy!

As a parent of one transgender elementary student and one nonbinary graduate from Va public schools, I enthusiastically support the Model Policy for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia Public Schools. My children are lucky enough to attend school in Arlington, where a policy was already adopted to support transgender students; but most trans students in Virginia have not been this fortunate. We need this policy to ensure that every single gender expansive student in Virginia has a safe, supported, and equitable school experience. Without a state policy, we will still have school districts who insist on withholding equal rights from trans students, as they did in the case of Gavin Grimm. Without a state policy, we will still have many trans students who are afraid to go to school, and will even self harm or consider suicide, because of bullying and discrimination. Thank you, Virginia lawmakers and Department of Education, for creating and adopting this policy, which will support, defend, and even save the lives of our beautiful transgender and nonbinary students.

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