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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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1/12/21  9:47 am
Commenter: Mike Undseth

OPPOSE regulations run amok
 

The issue of gender selection and related subjects are a matter of concern for all of us, but we need to remember that science and the world at large remains unsettled about this.  There are biological traits that determine gender, not whim or preference.  These are not "decisions" that anyone can make, let alone children.  We should not further muddy the waters with this ridiculous set of rules and regulations.  Those struggling with gender confusion need counselling and help, not acceptance and encouragement.  We are on a very slippery slope, and this only speeds up our descent.  We already have laws and regulations to address bullying and discrimination...we don't need to add a litany of new laws to specifically address each and every possible scenario.  It is interesting to note most of the supporting comments come from a well orchestrated movement from the LBTGQ community, and not Virginia residents.  Please do not adopt these new regulations.

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