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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  9:59 pm
Commenter: Marcus Heffner

Disapprove of VDOE transgender policy

Your policy starts in a very non-scientific way when it uses the phrase, "sex assigned at birth." Sex is not assigned at birth but simply recognized and recorded. There are only two genders. To say that isn't so is meaningless, especially when no transgender advocate can specify exactly how many genders there are. If gender is a continuum, then male and female are meaningless distinctions and all the talk about sexism, discrimination against women etc is also bunk. 

By adoption these policies, you will reap irreparable harm on the very people you purport to help. The students with gender disphoria need counseling, not affirmation of their incorrect self-view. If you indeed believe that gender is self-determined, then why is your race also not similarly fluid and self-determined? 


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