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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  2:12 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Oppose 100%

I am 100% opposed to the transgender school policy that Virginia is trying to implement. There are multiple reasons why this should not become policy.

1.You cannot guarantee that my son or daughter will not be and or feel harassed, threatened or intimidated by these policies.  You are only trying to protect the "transgender" community. 

2. What about my children? What about their rights?  What about their safety and protection?  My daughter will NOT be changing in front of a boy for PE class, & the same goes for my son (with a girl present). He will definitely NOT be using a urinal when a girl is present in the bathroom.

How will you prevent a boy who is not transgender to enter the girls restroom or changing room?  What about a (non-transgender) girl that enters the boys bathroom and then claims that she was forced in by the boy & he touched her (which really didn't happen but because he's now dating her best friend she's mad and wants to hurt him).  I know these sound like silly scenarios, but have you thought about this?  Have you been around these kids?  Because I have, I worked for CPS and I've seen how kids can be manipulative, dishonest and have no regard for authority or rules.

I can guarantee you that if a boy/girl enters a restroom/changing room where my daughter/son is, that they will be taking names and immediately leaving and reporting it to the administration. We in return will be filing criminal charges. 

3. Cell phones are now allowed everywhere in schools.  How will you protect my children from boys/girls who will use this policy to gain access to locker rooms and restrooms in guise of being transgender so that they can take pictures and videos?  Yes, disciplinary actions can be taken, but as you know, pictures and videos on the internet are there forever.  This would be another lawsuit brought against the school, district and even VDOE for implementing this policy.

4. You think you can accuse my child of bullying or harassment and face disciplinary action for not calling a student by their "preferred pronoun"?  You are highly delusional.  If you think you can question and discipline my child regarding anything in this proposed policy, without my knowledge, you are highly delusional.  If you think I won't file charges against the school, district and VDOE regarding this practice, you are highly delusional.

5. You want the dress code to no longer state "skirt, camisole...) and instead it would state "clothing must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks and nipples are covered with opaque material".  This demonstrates how out of touch you all are with reality and how the students behave in school.  You understand that changing the wording will allow students to wear very short skirts and tops, sheer tops, boxers, bathing suits, singlets and tank tops, just to name a few. Not only will it allow them to wear those but they will be able to show as much as they want as long as we don't see a nipple, penis, vagina or buttocks.   By changing this policy you are leaving teachers and administrators with absolutely NO grounds to discipline a child for a dress code violation because in reality, there is NO dress code to follow.  I used to be a substitute and a teacher's assistant CPS at a high school, I've already seen this and you haven't made it policy yet. 

This is discriminatory and should not become policy.

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