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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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1/10/21  12:31 pm
Commenter: Emma billings

Strongly oppose

I just Graduated high school last year. This is not what we need. You’re going behind the parents backs while dealing with minors. You’re also putting children at risk. We are already dealing with sexual harassment and poor judgment we don’t need someone pretending to be a different gender to come into our bathrooms and locker rooms ( please work to making a separate bathroom so we can all choose which one to go in ) some of us wouldn’t feel comfortable with knowing some of our peers are lying about how they identify themselves just to get in the locker room. You can’t make rules like this and ignore the fact that it is a huge risk allowing 15-18 year olds together in unsupervised spaces like that. If kids are already finding a way to harass each other and/ or have sex in school then making it easier is not a good plan. Please adjust the rules. It should be a subject in school like learning to have safe sex and it should be able to be discussed safely in school but school should also be a safe place for everybody attending. 

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