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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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1/11/21  8:50 am
Commenter: Scott Rayome

transgender policies

Handcuffing our school teachers and administrators with a responsibility they should not and are not qualified to bear is a dangerous policy and threatens to undermine chains of authority. Students will learn to manipulate these guidelines for their own benefit, and we will be harming the rights and morals of the majority of students and faculty for the whims of a very small minority. If there is ANY concern over the hurt feelings of a student, we should instead institute a policy of school uniforms where everyone will dress the same with name tags on both the front and back. School administrators and educators would then be able to address any student by the name chosen at the beginning of the year WITH the parents' knowledge and consent. This addresses a perceived problem without attacking the remaining majority.

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