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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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1/18/21  2:11 pm
Commenter: Dr. Karen Hiltz

Gender Policy

I humbly submit to the VDOE that it is not your duty, obligation, or responsibility to dictate to children political agendas that are harmful to their physical and mental well being. PARENTS are the authority and MUST be included, informed, and communicated with. PARENTS must take back their authority over the education of their child.

Though it has already begun, my concern is these woke, pc, and negative policies enacted in one state will inevitably transfer to other states. Having lived and served on a public school board in VA, I've seen how parents are systematically being ignored, removed, and negated when it comes to the education of their children.

Parents are desperate to have alternative education environments for their children so they aren't subjected to political agendas and policies that are the opposite of their core belief system. It's shameful that VA continues to fight to limit school choice, which in many cases traps parents into making choices that aren't in the best interest of their child. This practice is nothing short of promoting and ensuring failure for a percentage of the K-12 population.

I do not support and will ask you not to support any policy that removes parental authority out of the decision-making process.

Thank you,
Dr. Karen Hiltz

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