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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1/5/21  3:00 pm
Commenter: Kristen Haines

Gender is not binary

Until we stop forcing an untrue issue, we will continue to see hate take root in people's hearts. For the religious readers, the bible says God created night and day. It doesn't specificially talk about all the other hours of the day, does it? What about noon? Would you say that noon doesn't exist because it's not in the bible? We live with something other than JUST night and JUST day. As such, when it says He created male and female, the bible encompasses every permutation and every person in between. You know WAY more people living along the spectrum of gender than on either end of it - people are just afraid to tell you or show you. It's time we accept the science AND embrace God's main message: LOVE ONE ANOTHER. This policy does just that. Thank you to the leaders embracing this and sowing seeds of kindness and acceptance instead of hate and denial.

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