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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  1:04 pm
Commenter: Aiga Langan

Equal Opportunity For All Students.

Supporting evidence-based policy is crucial in addressing the needs of all students in Virginia schools. As a mother of three children in Richmond Public Schools and a graduate student at VCU pursuing a School Counseling degree, I value students’ mental health and right to equal opportunity. I am excited to see this policy be implemented in order to provide a safe and equitable environment for our students to thrive. Transgender rights are human rights and I fully believe in supporting a policy that moves away from discrimination against our students.


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