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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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1/10/21  5:03 pm
Commenter: Jonathan Lash

Opposed to forcing children of different genders into mixed settings without privacy rights
 

I oppose the revolutionary notion that children should be forced to share locker rooms, bathrooms, hotel rooms, and other spaces where they have no personal privacy protections.  My daughters should never be in a situation where they have to undress or be unclothed in the presence of a biological male, regardless of that male's decision that he is female.  They also never be required to view a biological male in the act of undressing or being unclothed.  The opposite is also true.  The indecent exposure law is still in force.

 

This is simple common sense.  As long as restrooms exist in Virginia on public or private property for either a single sex or for use by one person or a parent and children, e.g., a recreation center or a private swim club, the indecent exposure laws should apply.  If the VA government is foolish enough to repeal those laws, we'll happily leave the state.

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