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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1/5/21  3:45 pm
Commenter: Celia Stone

Inclusive Policies Literally Save Lives

I strongly support the initiatives to protect trans and nonbinary youth in our schools. Trans and nonbinary students are owed the same respect from teachers and administrators as their cis peers. Institutional protections against discrimination and harassment can and will save students' lives, as they promote a broader culture of acceptance and inclusion. 

Every year, we lose too many LGBTQ+ individuals to self-harm and assault, both of which are largely a product of intolerance that is permitted at the institutional level and brushed off as insignificant. By fostering an environment of acceptance and enforcing non-discriminatory protections at the school level, we can transform our culture to be safer for this community. We have a moral obligation to build a foundation of inclusion and respect for the next generation, and this starts in the schools.

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