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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7/15/22  2:34 pm
Commenter: Susan Lang

making comments regarding sexually-explicit materials in VA's public schools

As concerned citizens and responsible parents of three children, we support these critically important model policies to protect all children from inappropriate sexual content at school, and to respect parental rights to determine if their children should be exposed to such content at all.  Parents should not only maintain the right to make such decisions, they also are in the best position to know and understand what is appropriate for their respective children.  

And so, please ensure that through this document, that there are certain specific actions that every school must take to ensure sexually explicit material is correctly identified and previewed by parents before anything else.  We are concerned that, unless minimum standards are expressly mandated (vice suggestions or examples), many schools will find what they consider to be "work-arounds" what they consider to be mere guidance."   
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