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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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1/8/21  7:23 pm
Commenter: Sara R.

I oppose restrictions to parent's rights
 

Parents' rights should not be denied. Schools should have no right to facilitate gender exploration w/o the parents' knowledge or consent. Parents should have every right to be able to discuss sexual/gender topics with their children w/o the risk of being accused of child abuse. Bathrooms and locker rooms should be limited to use by the person's biological gender. We should be encouraging communication and support between teachers and parents. Dress codes should remain consistent and not allowed to be changed according to a child's whim. Parents should be informed immediately if any disciplinary action is to be taken against their child. Teachers should be allowed accommodations based on religious faith or conscience.

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