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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  10:25 am
Commenter: Ollie

Support Transgender kids

  I believe we should support transgender kids and/or questioning kids. Transgender students should be able to feel comfortable in school because it is the place they go to almost every day. We shouldn't exclude them. They just want to be normal kids. To avoid the religion problem and pronouns, maybe instead of addressing students by their preferred pronouns, you can just address them by their preferred name. Anyone, no matter transgender or cisgender could change their name. To avoid the problem of other people being uncomfortable in locker rooms, you could let the transgender student use a private changing room. This would seem like a fair compromise. The science argument also isn't the best argument because there is a science to back up why transgender kids are the way they are. With a couple of compromises, I think this would be a great idea. 

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