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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  5:57 pm
Commenter: Chris

Strong Support

I strongly support this guidance and policy to make schools safer for transgender youth.  It merely is extending the non-discrimination policy to transgender youth, so it shouldn't be a huge deal.  Transgender people exist and need protections like other minority groups.

Please don't listen to the people who are opposing this based on bigotry, hatred, or ignorance.  If their baseline is that transgender folks don't exist, they're already doing harm to these youth and they don't care about what autonomy youth have in their lives.

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