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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  3:58 pm
Commenter: VA Parent and Grandparent

OPPOSED to VDOE Proposed Transgender Guidelines

While I fully agree that any student should be treated respectfully, I absolutely do not approve of these proposed guidelines! They are a state overreach of power based on radical, unscientific theories that seek to eradicate all distinctions between male and female and treat our school-aged children as social experiments in sexuality. Rather than making children feel safe, these policies create chaos and confusion in the hearts and minds of children where none existed before. Additionally, these guidelines especially endanger girls, making them subject to possible abuse and/or harassment in bathrooms, locker rooms, etc., and also subject to biological inequities in sports competitions.

Furthermore, the family is the most foundational and fundamental unit in society, and these policies only serve to destroy that family unit by undermining parental authority and involvement in their children’s lives. Unquestionably, the vast majority of parents love and care more about their own children than the state or anyone else ever will. What automatically qualifies the state to be more loving/caring/responsible in handling these crucial, life-altering matters than the parents themselves? This usurping of parental authority by the state sets a dangerous precedent for the abuse of public power in other arenas as well.

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