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City, school officials in Roanoke discuss policies for treatment of transgender students

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke City Council and Roanoke City Public Schools held a joint meeting Monday at Fallon Park Elementary School to discuss the upcoming school year.

One topic on the agenda was the best practices for the treatment of transgender students.

Roanoke City Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White says the school board did not hold a meeting on the Virginia Department of Education’s updated policies for the treatment of transgender students because the school district has had an equity plan in place for years that already aligns with those policies.

“We believe that our policy really is very strong and when it comes to respecting, honoring all students, we’re able to use our equity policy as our anchor for the other continued work that we’re doing,” said White.

Members of the Roanoke City Council say they are proud of the school board’s commitment to inclusive education.

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