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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  7:57 pm
Commenter: Sara, Concerned Auntie

Strongly in favor

The state has a responsibility to educate ALL resident children, and to do so in a safe environment. That responsibility does not extend only to cisgender children, but all children. Studies have shown that non-cisgender children are overwhelmingly the victims of bullying and abuse, rather than perpetrators. They have a right to an education from the state in a safe environment, without abuse or harassment from fellow students or school officials. Their gender expression, whatever it may or may not be, is no one else's business and no one should be allowed to infringe on that student's rights to an education based on it. 


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