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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  8:34 pm
Commenter: Sharon Watkins

These guidance policies are unnecessary

-The truth of the dignity of each human being is God-given and not determined by the state.  Every human being is due "this respect" regardless of any subjective differences.  The dignity of a human being is a "given" and is already affirmed in the Constitution.  A policy of this kind is in error and makes a "right" based on "subjective" opinion that ignores the "universality" of the truth of human dignity.  These policies fail to recognize their promoting further discrimination by "dividing" a  human person into "subjective parts".  These policies in fact promote a denial of human dignity by imposing same in schools and elsewhere.     

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