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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  4:45 pm
Commenter: Rob

Very Strongly Oppose

This draft policy put these children in harm’s way rather than protecting them by potentially assisting them in a transgender direction that they are too young to understand and that cannot be reversed.  Common sense tells us that children should not drive a car, drink alcohol, smoke weed, vote, or decide on medical procedures.  Why should gender selection be a child’s decision?

No child should be forced to share showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms or other intimate settings with a member of the opposite biological sex.

Schools have a duty to protect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students not just the less than .5% of the population.

This policy completely undermines the authority of parents and gives schools and teachers jurisdiction in an area that is not theirs to control.

Teachers will be at risk of prosecution since it seems it would be impossible to maintain a student’s gender preferences confidentially while the student uses any gender bathroom or locker room they prefer?

The draft model regulations infringe the First Amendment rights of parents to raise and care for their children.

The document ignores the scientific, medical evidence of biology and also the known long-term negative outcomes for the individuals that realize they have made a mistake. 

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