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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: Ollie AL


I STRONGLY support the model policy working to help and protect trans and non-binary students. All students deserve to learn in a safe and supportive school environment, and the fact that this is still even up for negotiation is absurd. The closed minded individuals who argue that these policies would put their children in danger or would mess up their sports teams, for example, are extremely misinformed. What a ridiculous and inconsiderate thing to say. Why are folks still treating Transgender people as if they are someone that everyone should be afraid of? C’mon now...
Trans children aren’t trans because they want to bother or hurt your kids in the locker room. They are Trans because that is part of who they are. It is very real (I promise) and it quite literally has nothing to do with anyone else. Trans kids are amazing and brave and should be celebrated, or at the very least, be given the  opportunity to feel safe and welcome in their learning environments. This policy will not have a negative impact on the lives of cisgender children/students (unless they are bullies) and it will have a positive impact on transgender students. Sounds great to me. Weve got to protect and uplift Trans children!

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