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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  1:13 pm
Commenter: Blaine

strongly support

As humans, we naturally oppose the unknown. Some people have ignorantly explored the unknown and gotten hurt due to lack of knowledge that would otherwise could have been prevented had that person known about it before experiencing it (learning it the hard way). In this case, the unknown is transitioning persons. With the internet and social media, we cannot prevent children from knowing it exists, knowing that they have their own culture, and to a degree, emulating that culture. Educating children about it in schools will help kids make an informed decision about what they actually think about the topic, rather than subjecting them to the pressures of social media and the prejudices of their parents.

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