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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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2/2/21  11:54 pm
Commenter: Deanna

I do not agree with some of this.

I am opposed to schools usurping the rights of parents to know about what their children are planning in regards to gender and health related decisions. I am opposed to biological males, no matter if they choose to be called female, being in the restroom with biological female students unsupervised. I am opposed to allowing biological males to compete against biological females in sports where the biological male has an advantage due to physical ability linked to the fact that there is a male chromosome which gives them a different build and physical ability that biological females cannot overcome.

I have no problem with anti bullying, calling the person whatever they or their parents choose or allowing them to dress however they wish. I do have a problem with punishing a teacher, staff member or another child for inadvertently not using the preferred gender or name.

The school board should concentrate on academics for all children and let the parents deal with gender issues and any other health or sexual issues. Help should be provided for any child being bullied and also for any child who is perceived to be a bully.

Again, usurping parental rights in order to promote an agenda many parents disagree with is not acceptable and has no place in our schools.

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