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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  10:28 pm
Commenter: Concerned Parent

Oppose: respect all people but do not endanger our children physically, mentally, and emotionally

I strongly oppose this policy for these reasons:

Children are not yet mentally capable of making such life altering decisions at this age. While a policy like this may seems inclusive and kind, it is actually alienating and harmful. How will it feel to the young girl going through puberty to have a male (even if that make asserts that he is a female) sharing a locker room, shower, and bathroom with her? And considering that kids are still maturing, what happens if this child who may be dealing with gender dysphoria begins to feel differently about his sexuality while sharing such private places with the opposite sex (or if the situation was reversed). We already have sexual abuse to deal with in our public places. It is foolish to create a policy that will undoubtedly open the door for more unwanted and unconscented sexual abuses and give more opportunity for legitimate predators (I am not saying transgender people are predators, but that men and women who are will take advantage of this new policy) to prey on children. And this is only one flaw. There are so many ripple effects of fire consequence to the emotions and well-being of the child, the teachers, the family, and our culture. Please think about this. Thank you

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