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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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1/16/21  3:49 pm
Commenter: Concerned Vienna Citizen

Opposed to Transgender Guidelines

Hi. This is to register my opposition to the proposed transgender guidelines. Opposing discrimination is an important goal. The problem with these guidelines are many, including an infringement of free speech, they will be nearly impossible to enforce fairly, and will create a divisive climate in Virginia via a dilution of parental authority and penalizing people acting in good faith/conscious.

Please do not implement these policies. The unintended consequences, which are predictible, will far outweigh the good faith benefits. Thank you. 

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