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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  4:24 pm
Commenter: MB

Absolutely oppose

If we are truly concerned about trans youth and not the desire to force others to kowtow to an 'agenda', then this is going about it the wrong way. Parents need to be aware of what is going on in their children's lives or they will not be able to help. Trans youth have a statistically higher risk of suicide. It is a very rare parent who would wish that for their child. Giving parents information to help their child instead of hiding the child's desires, mistakenly gives 'woke' writers of this bill that educators and administrators, many of whom do not have children themselves, are helping a kid that they see for a year instead of parents who have loved their child over a lifetime. Why aren't we encouraging children how to have actual conversations with their parents instead of lying (by omission) to the parents? Why would parents ever trust teachers again? All teachers I know tell me that dealing with parents is the worst part of their jobs. Is this somehow going to make those relationships better?

In regards to punishing teachers for slip ups that could occur when addressing a child, has anyone of the sponsors actually been to a school? My best friend thirty years ago in high school would have switched genders every other day just to stick it to teachers. But I'm sure no child would do that today.

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