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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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2/3/21  10:02 am
Commenter: Amanda

Strongly Oppose

I do not approve of the proposed guidelines based on radical theories that eradicate all distinctions between male and female and indoctrinate our school children.  These proposals are absurd and ridiculous. What happened to common sense, morals, and values?  This could lead to so many issues not related to the cause at hand. There are many reasons why we have separate bathrooms, locker rooms, etc in the first place.  Do you think a middle or high school girl will feel comfortable changing a tampon or pad while a boy is in the restroom with her?  What about dress out for gym while a male is in the same room?  Vice versa for boys.   This is so counter intuitive to what we have always taught our children about respecting their bodies, modesty and the right to privacy.  What about a male who says he identifies as a female but really doesn't?   He just says that to be near girls in the restroom or gym.  Whether a student identifies as a male or female is their choice but the fact remains, that student is physically and biologically a male or female and therefore should not be allowed to violate and impose on the privacy of those students who truly identify with their God given identity.   Instead of being politically correct, let's focus on teaching love and respect for all students regardless of how one identifies.  I'm praying that you make the right decision for the majority of students.  




Amanda Charles

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