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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  3:19 pm
Commenter: Mr. Thorpe

Vehemently Oppose

I believe the subscriptions set forth in this document are morally and ethically wrong.  No long term environmental study has been made on this proposal.  It is increasing the moral pollution of Virginia and demoralizing the general populace. Removing thousands of children from a loving and protective parent’s home as enforcement to make a small minority “feel” better is  not democracy but unconscionable child abuse. Why are lawmakers now so hateful and unwilling to be democratic any longer? Discourse and discussion is looked upon as an act of terrorism by those in authority.  I strongly object to this measure on the grounds of the first amendment.  It is an infringement upon our religious beliefs as well separation of church and State.

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