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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  1:25 pm
Commenter: Andrew Rich

Cutting out parents harms families

Any policies that is open to ignoring or dismissing parents runs counter to schools' mission of supporting students. Supporting discord between a student and parents harms the family and parent-child relationship.  Parents should be fully informed at all times, doing otherwise infringes on the parents' First Amendment rights

Additionally, young children should not be forced to share restrooms, locker rooms, and overnight accommodations with some of the opposite biological sex. There is a hightened risk of trauma in those situations. 

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