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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  9:05 am
Commenter: Anonymous

I doubt anyone who supports this has read anything beyond the title.
 

The title of this document is "Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students
in Virginia’s Public Schools" and is 26 pages long.  A one page document could be written to say transgender students should be treated just like everyone else. This document uses 26 pages to create new terms and rules to be used as a stick to beat anyone with the view that remotely opposes anything transgender. You must believe you can choose your own gender and change depending on how you feel at any given time. This document even suggests the school as a judge between students and their parents. "In the situation when parents or guardians of a minor student (under 18 years of age) do not
agree with the student’s request to adopt a new name and pronouns, school divisions will need to determine whether to respect the student’s request, abide by the parent’s wishes" why would the school even want to be put themselves in this situation? The schools job is to teach children working together with parents. Not a single thing in the 26 pages makes that job easier for schools or parents. I believe transgender is a not a problem to be solved in school. What someone chooses to do after they are 18 is there choice. Before 18 it's parents choice how to raise their children.

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