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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  12:47 pm
Commenter: Britt Nill

Educator Strongly Support

I strongly support The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia's Public Schools guidance because trans rights are human rights. As a school counselor, I have seen first-hand the detrimental effects of mistreatment and misgendering has on a trans student's mental health. There is not enough protection in our current education policies to protect trans students from discrimination from staff and their peers. Having these policies in place will ensure that our schools are more inclusive and providing safe learning environments for all students regardless of their gender identity. 

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