Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/12/22  9:26 pm
Commenter: We the People

VA Dept of Ed Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content

The primary mission of our schools is to provide educational services that align with the values and morals of the parents who lead and sustain the society.  Parents are the primary authority over what should and shouldn't be presented to their children, especially in the area of morality and sexual education.  Therefore, I support these critically important model policies in order to protect children from inappropriate sexual content at school and to respect parents’ right to determine whether their children are exposed to this content.

Not only do parents have a fundamental right to make these decisions, but they are also in the best position to know what is appropriate for their unique children.  It is imperative that the instructional manuals in schools be morally clean, especially in the area of sexual content and that parents always have the opportunity to review and opt out prior to exposure of their children.

 Please also make sure through this document that there are certain specific actions that every school MUST take in order to ensure sexually explicit materials are correctly identified and seen by parents first. I am concerned that, unless certain minimum standards are expressly mandated (as opposed to providing examples or suggestions), many schools may find ways around what they consider to be mere guidance. 


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