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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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1/6/21  1:29 pm
Commenter: William

These new policy proposals make no sense

I have read this email and the comments and policy info a couple times.

As a father to several kids, boys and girls, I am deeply concerned with these potential policies.  Schools do not have the right to decide things for their students that their actual parents aren't allowing. And as they are public schools and subject to taxpayer dollars, they should not be allowed to withhold information from parents regarding their child at school ... at least not without justifiable cause. 

Honestly, some of the policy language is written way too broadly and can easily be interpreted extreme, so those proposing the policies should cite more specific examples of how these policies will be enacted. I do not see how children, as a whole, can really feel comfortable in school. While I think our schools have at times turned a blind eye to students who may be different (special needs at one point in time), this causes the pendulum to swing badly the other way.  My own kids have shared they would not feel comfortable to (say) walk into a restroom or a locker room and have to do what they need to do in the (potential) presence of boys, whether they feel like they are a boy or not. 

These policies are way too broad in how they can be interpreted and, in some cases, appear to intentionally keep parents out of the loop, which is inconceivable and wrong.

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