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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  10:07 am
Commenter: Evelyn Hildebrand

Strongly Oppose
 

This Model Policy creates risk for targeted religious discrimination against people of faith and people who because of their firmly held religious beliefs cannot comply with the mandated use of gender preference pronouns.  This sets schools up for lawsuits.  

This Model Policy normalizes and mainstreams gender dysphoria in the name of political correctness.  Peer reviewed studies show that children at this age are very susceptible to peer pressure and to taking on the struggles of their peers including in the area of gender dysphoria.  (This article is an excellent example: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202330).  School should be a place of structure and learning -- free from politically driven distractions -- not a place for questioning or exploring gender identity.  This policy was crafted to broadcast political correctness and not to work for any child's best interest.   Everyone agrees children should have a caring and kind school experience, but creating that type of environment is not what this policy was designed to do. 

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