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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  7:35 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Opposed to Guidance Document

As someone who is a father, grandfather, and served in the behavioral health field for 45 years; I am appalled at the Transgender Guidance Document.  It will definitely create an unsafe school environment for young girls and encourage many puberty age students to mistakenly believe they have gender dysphoria.  The guidance permits students to have a "gender of the day."  Talk about ridiculous!  Furthermore, school staff should not be a substitute for parents.  It's interesting that there are many instances of school administrators not reporting physical abuse by parents or sexual abuse by school staff.  But now school staff will always be Johnny on the Spot to report a parent who stands up for their rights.

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