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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  10:18 am
Commenter: Weaver

Protect Transgender Rights

If we do not protect the rights of transgender students here and now, then the pro-discrimination people will win. My high school experience was hell based on the fact that I was not protected as an LGBT individual. The school system will not provide protections for these students, will do nothing to shield them from the bullying (because even in the public schools, there are always cries of "but it's against my religion!"), but when the student kills themself due to all the hate they're receiving, the school system either does one of two things: they either lie and claim that they tried to help through crocodile tears, or they shrug their shoulders and move on as if nothing happened.

There are school counselors in these facilities that are openly outing students to their parents and the people they live with, which is directly putting students in danger. Those counselors have no idea of what the at-home family dynamic is; if the student gets outed, then said student could now be at risk for abuse and neglect, or even being kicked out from their home.

We need protections for all LGBT students within the school system, and I believe that our transgender students are a good place to start.

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