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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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1/13/21  10:37 am
Commenter: Mom & Grandmother

Strongly oppose

I believe these issues regarding children should be between the child and the parents who love them more than anyone.  While I have great compassion for all that kids are going through, I don't believe the State has authority over parents rights.  The fact that teachers/counselors could keep info regarding a child from parents is unconscionable.  

The sharing of restrooms/locker rooms is also a huge safety issue, both physically & psychologically.  

The focus of public education needs to be on "reading, writing, arithmetic".  There are serious civil & religious liberty lines threatening to be crossed with these policies.  Please leave America's children's identity values within the families who care for them the most.  

Thank you for your time!

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