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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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1/15/21  8:38 am
Commenter: Dawn Terrell

transgender laws

I am all for not discriminating and the fair treatment of all people.  However, these laws DO NOT do that.  They are VERY discriminitory against parents and non-transgender students.  Trans students get all the rights and freedoms and their parents and straight peers get none.  Also, we all know that straight students who have a perverted agenda will take advantage of these laws and harm others.  There a wiser and safer ways that you can protect the trans students from being bullied and set apart while still protecting straight students.  These laws will allow things to happen that are dangerous as students misuse them.  

Also, this discriminates against the freedoms and personal convictions of a teacher.  I am a teacher in VA, and if I see something that I think could be potentially harmful, I am not able to say so because it will be seen as discrimination.  This makes teaching even more difficult for teachers.

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