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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  1:33 pm
Commenter: Jenny S

Strong Support

As a loving sister of a gender non-binary person, I believe these regulations are an important step in making our schools accessible and welcoming spaces for all. School can be hard enough without state-supported harassment for your gender identity - creating and affirming space for all is consistent with the learning and development goals in Virginia's school system. I commend the Department of Education for the open and inclusive process in creating this guidance and strongly support these changes. 

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