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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  7:02 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly Opposed - Dangerous for Both Cis and non-binary Children

I am strongly opposed. Not only is it not safe for cis-gender students, but for non-binary students as well. Cis-gender students may feel uncomfortable in the bathroom or locker room when a member of the opposite biological sex enters. Cis-gender students may not know without doubt that the other student identifies truly as non-binary. Students who identify as non-binary are at risk of being accused of falsifying their identities to gain entrance to bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite biological sex. Students who identify as non-binary risk bodily harm when entering bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite biological sex. I believe that non-binary individuals should be loved, supported, and accepted in our community, but not by adding risk to themselves as well as cis-gender individuals. There must be another way to practice inclusivity for the non-binary population without excluding cis-gender individuals.

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