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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  3:17 pm
Commenter: Meaghan Burkett


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Strongly oppose because in the words of Dr. Meg Meeker, pediatrician, “They [children] are young people with hearts, minds and souls. Every child deserves protection from trauma and humiliation. And every child can learn to be accepting and kind to those who are different. But to force “acceptance” on children when it means causing them to see very private genitalia of the opposite sex, questioning their own ability to believe what they see, and causing more suffering to already troubled children is fair to no one—except, perhaps, the adults who want to see their own agenda promoted.” Young children, especially, should not have to endure the confusion which arises from policies such as this. The authority and influence of parents should absolutely not be undercut by the educational system simply to promote political agendas. The Virginia Department of Education should be focused on the academic needs of our children only. 


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