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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  5:47 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Support protection of Trans rights

as a teacher I see firsthand how important it is for students to feel they are seen, heard, and cared for. There is no point in trying to deny or fight the notion anymore that there are people who identify as trans and will continue to do so. I continuing to deny acknowledgment and protection of this group, we are perpetuating a state that has been a time and again in education. It is imperative that we make the students feel safe, supported, and heard by offering them protections that are clearly desperately needed. We have an opportunity to address this now, rather than allowing it to be another case of Virginia falling behind. 

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