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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  3:40 pm
Commenter: Alan Clune

Oppose VDOE transgender policies devloped under HB 145/SB 161

The transgender policies imposed by HB 145/SB 161 attempt to force schools to implement a severely flawed transgender ideology that denies the basic nature of mankind, as created by God.  This ideology forces children and parents to accept deviant sexual tendencies as "normal".  Rather than helping those few individuals deal with their sexuality issues, such policies exacerbate the incredible harm such abnormalities do to individuals so afflcted and to the larger society.   No child should be forced to share showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms when on a school trip or other intimate settings with a member of the opposite biological sex.  Schools have a duty to protect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students--students who are gender-confused or who are uncomfortable in showering/using toilet facilities in the presence of students of the other biological sex should have recourse to private accomodations.   

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