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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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1/8/21  12:55 pm
Commenter: Patti Hardy

VDOE has gone far beyond the path prescribed by General Assembly--strongly oppose

The proposed policies give a blanket endorsement to such controversial and disputed views as "Gender identity is considered an innate characteristic that most children declare by ages 5 to 6".  A view far different from that of many parents.

Schools should not be accommodating that or the especially harmful view that youth is an appropriate time to be encouraging, in some cases, irreversible, "gender transitions".

These proposed regulations infringe the First Amendment Rights of parents to raise and care for their children, and would pit children against their parents when it comes to important questions about sex and gender identity.



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