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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  4:34 pm
Commenter: SK

Strongly support

Every student should have a right to a safe and supportive environment at school. And I hear that many in the LGBTQ community don't get the support they need nor do they feel safe. They have the right just like every other person to safety and supportive environment. It doesn't matter what I believe or don't. Just as I wanted to be treated with care, they should to. Maybe one day we will be in a society where we don't have to spell this out. But we are not there yet. So we need this Bill & measures. 

It breaks my heart to read each episode of LGBTQ victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. That's not OK and we should so what we can to help. 

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