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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  10:02 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Protect Trans Youth

Schools are often a very unsafe place for LGBT children. I myself developed severe depression in high school and almost lost my life to it. Trans kids in particular are often alienated and constantly misgendered which causes dysphoria. They also are more likely to be bullied or be rejected by their own parents. This is why we must protect them and support them. Supporting transgender students' rights will protect their safety. Suicide risk is very high in LGBT kids, as well as risk of physical harm from bullying. 


School is a place where all kids should feel safe so that they can learn and prepare for their future. 

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