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  10:54 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Protective laws already exsist

I don’t agree that this law is necessary.  There are anti bullying laws already in effect.  All children need a safe learning environment.  No child should be singled out as being more special than another child.   What is being done about the concerns for parents of biological girls having to share bathrooms & locker rooms with biological boys and vice versa?  What will be done to protect students who are made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe from students identifying as a different gender?  Will there be a new law to protect them?  I believe there needs to be more discussion and research on the effects of enacting a new law that revolutionizes the separation of biological boys and girls.  

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