Arlington Public Schools (APS) continues to support the rights of our transgender, non-binary, and gender fluid students and remains committed to providing school environments that are welcoming, safe and supportive for all students. We are aware of and are reviewing the proposed Virginia model policy changes announced Friday evening, September 16. These proposed Virginia model policies are scheduled for a 30-day public comment period beginning September 26.
It is important for our community to know that Policy J-2 Student Equal Educational Opportunities/Nondiscrimination and Policy Implementation Procedure J-2 PIP-2 Transgender Students in Schools remain in effect. APS will continue to uphold our core mission and policies to ensure that every child receives equal educational access and opportunities. We value the many diverse identities within our schools, where every student can authentically express themselves, including those in the LGBTQIA+ community. APS continues to take seriously the privilege and responsibility of working towards a shared understanding and mutual respect for all people.
If students feel they need further support, they may reach out to their school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker. Additional resources for transgender, non-binary, and gender fluid youth may be found at the Arlington County LGBTQIA+ Resources website. If families have any additional questions or concerns, they may also reach out to their child’s school. APS will continue to update the community with any new information.