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  8:12 am
Commenter: Aaron

Freedom of Speech?

I do not feel that these policies reflect the freedoms and tolerance for everyone. By requiring others be subject to disciplinary action for their freedom of expression is unconstitutional. If we are advocating for tolerance, then it should be reflective of everyone's freedoms and not limiting for some. If someone wants to be referred to in a certain way, they can and should introduce themselves to people in that manner. Coersing people to use certain language

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