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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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1/8/21  7:26 am
Commenter: Jenise

As a parent with public school students, I see so many issues with this policy. Please vote NO!

As a public school parent, I see many issues. You are making other students uncomfortable having to share intimate spaces with other genders. Will my high school student be provided a private place to change if he is uncomfortable in a locker room situation? Will my high school student be provided special accommodations in an overnight trip situation? 

The rest of us have to forego long traditions of homecoming courts, father-daughter dances, etc. because a person might find it uncomfortable? That is not equitable. Pandering to the desires of a few at the expense of most of the others is not equity. 

Assemblies against all bullying in all forms no matter what the reason is applauded, but assemblies promoting transgender lifestyle is  a promotion of certain beliefs that may counter the beliefs and religion of many students. It is not the purpose of education. Teaching transgender victories is recent and current politics and should only be taught in a class focusing on current events. It should not be part of regular social studies curriculum.

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