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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  3:45 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly oppose transgender policies
 

The proposed VDOE transgender policies are an egregious attack on the Constitutional rights of sexually normal students and of parents and teachers who oppose the prejudiced agenda of the Virginia Department of Education.  The policies cater to the wishes of a few students, while violating the legitimate concerns of the majority of students, parents and teachers.

It is an undeniable fact that sex of a child is determined at the moment of conception when the child either receives XX (female) or XY (male) chromosomes.  Even very young children know the difference between girls and boys.  It is sad that some teens and older children develop sexual confusion, possibly due to molestation, peer pressure, and media influences.  My wife once worked with some teenage girls who said that in their high school it was considered “cool” to identify as “gay.”  In that instance, peer pressure and status in the high school environment outweighed reality and common sense.

Parents of minor children, not the VDOE, have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and welfare of their children. The proposed policy would violate the rights of parents and prevent them from properly fulfilling their God-given responsibilities.  Moreover, the policies allow minor children to be the undisputed authority in the schools rather than teachers. The wishes of the students become paramount and the teachers relinquish their adult authority to become servants of the students.  Historically, education in the US inculcated moral values along with the three R’s.  The result was a cohesive society which allowed the US to flourish.  Without a moral foundation, societies disintegrate into selfish unsustainable cultures. 

Minor children are not able to comprehend the future implications of their decisions to “change” their sex.  Many adults who surgically changed their sex later regretted the decision.  Because they could not change their DNA, they are living a lie and become a second-class member of the opposite sex, rather than a first-class member of their God-given sex.   

We are glad we didn’t have to worry about the opposite sex being in our locker rooms when we took physical education. Going through puberty is difficult enough without creating an additional, unnecessary, source of stress.  

We urge the Virginia Department of Education to use good judgement and common sense and drop the proposed transgender policies.

 

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