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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  3:31 pm
Commenter: Lindsey Martin

Support for Trans Students

Societies across the globe have throughout time have not only seen, but embraced individuals with genders different than what was assumed by their sex organs. Trans people, whether public with their gender identity or not, have contributed to and supported our communities since ancient times. But humanity, not history, should compel us to protect our trans friends, neighbors, children, and peers. 

We teach our children from their earliest years to be themselves and care for others. Yet, adults every day allow trans youth to be the target of vicious harassment and attacks. Trans students should be uplifted, not alienated, by school administrators. Students learn by example, and in allowing individuals to express their gender in a way that is authentic to themselves while not tolerating the bully-ish behavior from closed-minded individuals (who have not bothered to learn about gender and sex, and are unjustifiably interested in someone else's genitals) is how we build a society that is compassionate, collaborative, and interested in the success to all. 

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