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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1/4/21  11:36 am
Commenter: Sarah Harris

My Full and Complete Support

I fully support the draft guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia's Public Schools. As a former Virginia public school teacher and parent of three school-aged kids, I know firsthand that in order to be ready to learn, children first need to feel safe and supported at school. These policies, in addition to the professional development that teachers and staff will receive in order to more fully understand the gender spectrum and gender identity, will be life-affirming and life-changing for LGBTQ+ students and beneficial for ALL members of the school communities. Gender expansiveness and the gender spectrum are not new phenomena. We now have the language and understanding to be inclusive and affirming of transgender students, so we have the moral responsibility to do so. Thank you for these policies and for prioritizing the safety, well-being, and inclusion of all Virginia students. 

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