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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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1/18/21  6:20 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Transgender changes in schools

I strongly oppose this new plan.  While I fully understand that transgender people have a long road to walk and will support their choice, our schools are not the place for this.  Can we teach tolerance and understanding?  Absolutely!  But should 2 children of a different sex share a bathroom???  Absolutely not.  This is a safety  concern for all parents. When kids are in middle and high school,  they are learning who they are sexually, pushing children together like this is only going to cause issues.  Our schools should be promoting peace and understanding for all sexes and orientations,  not deciding which bathroom they should use.  This is not about being politically correct,  this is about our kids, the most important part of our lives.  I choose to keep my kids safe and teach them tolerance and if this is passed, my children will be homeschooled. 

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