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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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1/17/21  9:25 pm
Commenter: Concerned Parent

Schools have more rights than parents with regards to children?

I am all for anti-bullying, treating other with respect, etc, and I teach those ideals to my children. That being said, I do not think it is appropriate that children can sit down with a school team and decide to change their gender/pronoun/name/etc in student information systems without the approval of a parent. Be who you want, experiment, do what you need to do, but taking those rights away from parents is incredibly inappropriate. When a child turns 18, they are a legal adult and can change what they need to. Until then, children are minors, and parents should be required to sign paperwork or change gender/name/pronoun/etc. 

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