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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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1/9/21  7:03 am
Commenter: Dr. Dallam Ferneyhough

Draft Policies for Treatment of Transgendered Students

Until relatively recently, the understanding of gender identity has been that a person's gender is fixed at conception and is readily ascertained by examining one's chromosomes.  The recent ideas of the flexibility of one's gender identity are without sound scientific basis.  Because they are not based on a sound, easily verifiable scientific basis, the draft policies will produce a system that is easily exploited and impossible to administer fairly.

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