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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  5:29 pm

I oppose the new transgender policies!

I am the mother of two high school children and I oppose this change on religious and moral grounds, and believe it will cause emotional harm to our children.  It is unfair to impose my children to sharing bathrooms, locker rooms, or any other location that requires physical privacy with other transgendered children; or worse adults of a different sex.  This policy infringes on my rights as a parent to raise my children based on our religious and moral beliefs. It will cause emotional harm to our children to be forced to deal with situations that deny their needs for physical separation from the opposite gender. Children should be raised with a level of modesty and respect for privacy until the time of choosing as adults.

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