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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  1:20 pm
Commenter: Kris K

Opposed to the New Transgender Policy Proposals by the Virginia Dept. of Education

I am opposed to the transgender policy proposals by the Virginia Department of Education, HB 145 and SB 161, because I believe it undermines parents rights in public schools, and may also weaken the privacy and safety of all students. Research on gender identity is an ongoing process yet the VDOE would base its policies on views stated as fact. An example of this is the statement, "Gender identity is considered an innate characteristic that most children declare by age five or six." What study or studies is this concept based upon? Who carried out the studies? Parents and guardians have a right to know the answer to this and other questions raised by the proposals, before the regulatory process goes further.



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