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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  1:05 am
Commenter: Lillie Phillips

The trans community deserves humanity.

As a person with many friends that identify under the trans umbrella and a brother who is female to male trans, I know to them and many other trans people this is a matter of feeling respected and affirmed in their humanity. Individuals of the trans community have heavy scrutiny around their identity and are constantly harmed through misgendering and blatant acts of transphobia. Transgender teenagers are especially vulnerable to attacks and microagrressions against them. Having an affirming environment can prevent so many trans students deaths and mental declines. So, please, support this already heavily discriminated community.

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