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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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1/5/21  1:30 pm
Commenter: Bill Parsons

Strongly oppose proposed transgender guidelines!
 

VDOE,

I strongly oppose the proposed transgender guidelines.  They would eradicate all distinctions between male and female, distinctions that are CRITICAL for children to understand, and indoctrinate our school children, assuming a role that should be reserved for parents. 

Failure to use a student’s new “preferred pronouns” – which can change from day to day and even defy basic rules of grammar – should NOT be considered harassment (Recommended Standard, p.10).  Furthermore, students and faculty should NOT be subject to disciplinary action due to failure to use the preferred pronoun of a student.  

Schools should be explicitly forbidden from "helping" a student explore, facilitate and make decisions regarding his/her gender expression of sexual identity.  This is a role for parents to play, not anyone in the school system.   

Under the proposed guidelines, all students will be allowed to use any bathroom or locker room they choose, without being questioned by any school administrator or faculty.  This is inappropriate and would violate the privacy and safety of students in states of undress.

Bill Parsons

Springfield, VA

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