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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  9:58 am
Commenter: Katelyn Barbre

Strongly Support - Trans rights are human rights

Transgender citizens of all ages and genders deserve to treated with respect and integrity. This should especially be the case for the transgender youth of our state. They need support at such a young age, not denial of their identity. Opposing legislation that will help transgender children is tantamount to denying them the same freedoms as other children. America is a free country where rights are (or should be) available to everyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

Please, do what is right and give all children the same treatment and advocate for those who have been treated as less than. 

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