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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  12:49 pm
Commenter: Drake Hoffman

Transgender Regulations by VA Dept of Education Are An Illegal Intrusion Into Every Child's Identity

No school system has a right to impose regulations which violate any child's privacy or sense of self-worth nor do they have the right to require that any child of one biological sex be required to permit anyone, adult or child, to view or share with them any state of undress.  Furthermore, it is up to the decision of every child to formulate his/her own sexual identity at whatever stage in his/her physical development they choose to decide "who" or "what" they are physically and mentally.  No governmental organization has the right to intrude in/on that process.  The proposed VDE regulations are therefore an illegal intrusion on a child's privacy and self identity.

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