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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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1/19/21  4:40 pm
Commenter: Lisa

Oppose this transgender legislation

Throughout this proposed legislation, there are statements which do not allow for parents to be engaged or notified. Our children are not your children.  Public schools only exist because taxpayers fund them. You are funded to provide an educational model. You do not exist to show bias toward some families. You suggest that the parents who are "on board" with letting their children identify with a different gender have full rights to communication and information about their child, but those parents who do not agree, do not. That is a very slippery slope that could not end well in a court of law or the ultimate welfare of our children. My children are my children FOREVER. They are on loan to you for a few years of their life. Secrecy is unwise in any stage of development and you are reinforcing an untrue rhetoric that parents who have a different worldview cannot be trusted by their own children. I strongly oppose this legislation. 

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