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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  7:23 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Opposition to transgender

Regarding Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools:

It is difficult to know where to begin.  This proposal is egregiously one sided. Fortunately in the United States we live under the freedom of expression-available to every citizen.

This proposal is giving too much power an control to one social group.  By requiring enforcement of these ideals in our school system, it is completely alienating the rights of the non transgender  population.

If every person is equal, then every person should be given equal say.  Is the general public able to vote on such proposals? How is opportunity being provided to balance different viewpoints?

A school could easily provide special accommodation for students with transgender identification issues.  As a parent I have grave concerns about the opportunity for a young man to be able to enter a female locker room or bathroom, and vice versa.

Some questions are not addressed.  For instance, if a school does not participate, does this limit them from receiving government support?

We must be cautious that such proposals do not become based in agenda: they must be representative of the entire population.

This could force teachers and educational staff members at all levels to make drastic decisions based on ethical and moral values that could end professions for which they have been trained. 


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