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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  11:07 am
Commenter: Laura Gray, LCPS


I support House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 16. As a faculty sponsor of a high school Gender-Sexuality Alliance, I work with trans students every day. They are keenly aware of the challenges to their safety that exist under current public school policies. I believe the actions in this bill are necessary, and a first step towards creating an equitable learning space for trans, nonbinary, and gender-non-conforming students. I hope that this will be the groundwork for further legislation. 

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