Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  10:26 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

I strongly support the passage of this bill. Protect our trans youth.

I strongly support the passage of this bill. Anything less than equal protections for all students is unconscionable. Treating trans people with respect and dignity saves lives. Discriminating against them leads to poor mental, physical and emotional health outcomes and in many cases leads to suicide or self-harm. It also sends a message that violence against trans people is deemed acceptable by our schools and by our government. Do the right thing and protect your constituents. Put it in writing and demand justice for our most vulnerable populations. Nondiscrimination legislation shouldn't be a partisan issue.

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