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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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1/7/21  7:41 am
Commenter: Brad K.

Strongly Opposed

I disagree with this policy on a number of fronts. I believe in maintaining student safety, but this should not been done in a manner that forces ideologies upon others that they do not believe. I also would never agree with ANY policy that blatantly usurps parental knowledge or requests parental guidance/rights be transferred to a public school teacher or anyone else. This policy is short-sighted, one-sided, seemingly agenda-laden, does not make common sense and is ultimately self-defeating. It will not provide safety, but division, confusion, destruction and anger. STRONGLY OPPOSED.

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