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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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1/20/21  7:20 am
Commenter: Ben Wilson

Strongly Opposed - we are fooling ourselves!

In education (and life) we have recognized (for all of human civilization up until now) that children need to learn reality and there are certain things that they may think "good" for them that in REALITY aren't good.    Parents have also been recognized as the authority in a child's life.  This isn't given by the state, this authority is God-given.  Yes, there are abuses to this authority, however, and in our society we have fought against these abuses.  However, the best answer is NOT to remove parental authority and invest that authority in the education system.  The re-defining of what a man is and what a woman is, is in direct conflict with the order of creation and will have vast consequences.  We are fooling ourselves if we think that a "good" response to help confused children is to affirm whatever they are believing about themselves.  I plead with lawmakers to remove this dangerous legislation from consideration.    

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