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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  5:33 pm
Commenter: Corita B O'Brien

HB 145 AND SB 161 Transgender Policies

These two proposed policies, HB 145 and SB 16l  articulate views that are far different from those of many parents.  Especially one view, "That gender identity is considered an innate quality that most children declare by age five to six." Through endorsement of views like these that infringe on the First Amendment rights of parents, the VDOE has gone far beyond the path the General Assembly prescribed.  Schools have a duty to protect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students and no child should be forced to share showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms or other intimate settings with a student of the opposite biological sex.  Children, particularly adolescents, can experience hypersensitive and traumatic reactions to these situations.  I STRONGLY OPPOSE THESE TRANSGENDER POLICIES PROPOSED BY THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.


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