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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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1/12/21  10:24 pm
Commenter: Barbara Corwin

Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools
  • As I read through all of these laws and policies that have been passed over the years to supposedly protect our children and in this policy they have been listed for the purpose of legitimizing the overreach of this latest policy, I am greatly saddened.  It appears to me  the main objective over the years has been to slowly remove the God given authority away from the parents and give it to the schools.  Instead of opening conversation and trying to encourage better relations in families you are embittering them.  Relationships are key in all of life.  This policy is filled with deception and needs to be rejected along with many of the other policies that block parents from engaging in their child’s life. Schools need to offer suggestions and provide information, but leave the final decision to the parents.  After-all brain formation is not complete until 25.  Why does everyone want to define a child’s life so early on.   Stop treating them like adults and forcing them to make adult decisions so early in life. Let them be children!!!! And stop trying to control people! 
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