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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  10:22 am
Commenter: Julia Adams

Trans policies encourage all students to become successful, engaged, and enlightened citizens

The treatment of transgender students is an important element of Virginia's education goals of having policies and leadership that improve student achievement and prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education and the workplace, and to become engaged and enlightened citizens. We know that supporting student physical, emotional, and social well-being contributes to positive educational and social outcomes.  To do anything else encourages the opposite -- impeding trans students' ability to focus on academic and extra-curricular participation, causing confusion and uncertainty for all students, and allowing/condoning mistreatment by classmates and teachers.  These policies are in line with physical and psychiatric science/medicine best practice approaches to supporting people experiencing gender dysphoria that include reinforcing self-identification, and exploration of and integration of individualized identity in a safe environment. These policies in no way negate school behavior expectations and rules. 

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