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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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1/6/21  8:33 am
Commenter: Ed Speare

VDOE Proposed Public School Transgender Policies

I strongly oppose the guidelines proposed by the Virginia Department of Education.  These guidelines are based on the fundamentally flawed assumption that feelings trump the facts of DNA. These guidelines are simply and attempt to codify ultra-progressive dogma and use public education as its indoctrination tool.  The percentage of children legitimately experiencing gender dysphoria is incredibly low, less than 2%. To subject over 98% of a student population and their staff, teachers, and administrators to the rules proposed is a severe trampling of freedom, to say nothing of setting up educational authorities as the ultimate authority over that of parents responsible for the raising of their children. These rules will ensure that school systems will spend scarce time and resources on a radical social engineering concept that will adversely affect the actual learning that needs to take place in our public schools. I would not send my children to a public school where these rules were in place, nor would I teach in one of them. This is all bad social science run amok and further erode support of public education. Our public schools have an enormous challenge on their hands catching up with the effects of Covid-19 on the education of this generation and should have these added burdens laid on them.     

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