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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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1/15/21  4:52 pm
Commenter: Parent

Will the rights of self-identifying Muslims and Christians also be protected to the same extent?

I understand the desire to foster a inclusive environment for students. That's a laudable goal but I wonder if students who self identify as Muslim or Christian will be afford the same rights.  In other words, they believe in the tenants of their self identified faith. And, that God created man and women in his image (referring to a Christian self identifier) and that there are only men and women as created by God.  
We'll they be forced to deny the tenants of their religious identity?  Will they be forced to violate the essence of their being? 

Are teachers allowed to provide religious ministry or education to students if they self identify as Christians? If not, why are we making exceptions for others? 



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