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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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2/3/21  6:45 am
Commenter: Mark Pomeroy

Strongly support trans rights and will vote accordingly

I base my beliefs on science, but as science can be invoked by both sides this will not settled until we first resolve the substantive social questions.

Whether or not it’s believed that gender and sex are two different things is not a matter for public debate and therefore all comments and opinions expressed in this town hall to that fact are besides the point. 

Accommodations are made in schools for many reasons that go beyond those covered by a protected legal status. An IEP can be created for a gifted child who has trouble sitting still or for child to take a short break when feeling overwhelmed. If the majority of society, or even just a very loud minority, decide this is coddling and not helpful to children in general we don’t remove the IEP. We do what’s right for the individual child rather than some esoteric societal “I don’t know if it’s true but my gut tells me so and I was raised that way” belief.

For those who argue that accommodating trans kids needs is catering to a small group at the expense of the majority, then they are missing the point of why we have any protected legal statuses and anti-discrimination laws. It is noble for the strong to defend the week and it is patriotic for the majority to defend the rights of any minority. 

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