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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  9:14 pm
Commenter: Paul Wooldridge

Absolutely and strongly SUPPORT!

This guidance is long overdue for VA Dept of Ed, other departments and agencies in VA, plus the same in all other United States. My kids grew up in Fairfax County schools in VA. I have a transgender son who came out his sophomore year of high school. He was incredibly brave and resourceful in educating the school administrators how to make changes within the school systems in order to make him be more welcome and accepted as who he was, as the administrators had limited experience in such matters, plus had no guidelines from the county school board or the State DOE. The school administrators also were unprepared to anticipate and then handle discriminatory actions by faculty that included homophobic slurs, offensive attempts at gender humor, unsolicited and unacceptable personal questions, and, of course, no concrete approach to providing adequate bathroom allowances. A true effective learning environment for all students requires a diverse, accepting environment for all students, no matter who they are, what their differences are, who they love, or how they dress. Any religion I ever studied held a common theme that God loves all humans and accepts his diverse creation no matter what. All people deserve equal, human rights, no matter who they are.

Thank you for taking this very important step in VA, plus for your courage being one of the first state legislatures to pave the way for this country wide. This will greatly help countless students going forward who, like my trans son, just happen to be different than you, me, and many others.

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