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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  9:00 pm
Commenter: Amanda


As an adult with experience as both an educator and a registered nurse, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to support trans youth. They are in a marginalized group with a history of being disproportionately bullied and victims of violence. I’m ashamed to have seen it occurring in schools and and in healthcare.

  The notion that the cisgendered students would be experiencing violence or negatively impacted by this in anyway is shocking to me. I’m proud to say that some of the people I love most are trans and if there was any way I could have lessened the burden of their childhood experiences, I would have leapt at the opportunity. They are without question, the most tender, compassionate and understanding humans I’ve known. I have no doubt much of this is attributed to the struggles of being trans in a world that is often not accepting of something outside of the  binary.  I only wish anyone reading this comment could really experience what wonderful humans they are. 
     With inclusivity taught in the home, we can help to mitigate the violence and hate crimes. Even before that, protections like these in school are essential for human rights. 

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