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  10:02 pm
Commenter: Beth G

No to the proposed transgender policy. Yes to kindness and respect.

Suggested transgender policies and their broad base implementation will create chaos and confusion and impact many students and faculty. Transgender issues should be dealt with on a case by case basis. Kindness and respect for all should be practiced always. As a parent of a female athlete, transgender policies could impact her rights and opportunities. Policy makers should ask themselves how best do we balance the rights of all students? 

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