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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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1/9/21  11:28 am
Commenter: Chris Durel

opposed - stop the madness

The model requires more than the legislation does to the point that if implemented it will transgress on the rights of other students, parents, and even school staff.  It should be revised to do what the law requires and no more.  It is one thing to reinforce things like compliance with existing non-discrimination laws but to require school staff to use pronouns that are contrary to sex assigned at birth (and really at conception as we know from science) is to force them to lie.  And when the teachers are required to lie about one truth then where will the line be drawn?  Our schools must teach truth (and truth is immutable or it isn't truth) or we will become like the dystopian societies that we read about only in fiction.

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