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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  7:49 am
Commenter: David Masad

In Support of the Model Policies

I am a parent of a preschool-age daughter, and expect to continue raising her in Virginia and having her attend Virginia public schools. I support the Model Policies on the Treatment of Transgender Students, because I want my daughter to attend schools where all students are afforded safety, equality, and respect. Whatever my child's orientation and gender identity turn out to be, she will be enriched by attending schools where all genders and orientations are welcome. 

Study after study (and the lived experience of the trans and nonbinary people in my own life) confirm that schools are vital. When they provide a safe and supportive environment, students who are trans/NB are able to thrive and help elevate everyone around them as well. But when schools are a site of bullying and discrimination, especially under official sanction, it is not just the education of those students that is harmed, but their long-term mental health. Schools where discrimination is sanctioned and bullying tolerated breed harm not just the victims themselves but to society at large when those attitudes inevitably spill out of the school itself.

I am proud that Virginia is taking steps to protect trans and nonbinary students, and strongly support these policies being enacted. The beneficiaries will not just be trans and nonbinary students themselves, but all of us.

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