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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  9:29 pm
Commenter: Chip

VDOE Trans Policy doesn't protect anyone
 

This draft policy is in no way shape or form about PROTECTING trans kids. Rather, it is all about ramming down the public's throat an ideology that is devoid of anything remotely approaching scientific truth.  For example, it refers to one's gender that is assigned at birth.  Wonder what that is based on?  Visual observation of 100% clear evidence of their gender.  Is that not scientific enough?

Did critically thinking adults draft this policy?  You're going to let a 17 yo male walk into a girl's locker room?  How about a 17 yo girl running shirtless through town for cross country practice along with all the guys who are shirtless?  Any chance that these scenarios could increase the risk of sexual assault?

“Access to facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to a student’s gender identity shall be available to all students.” (Draft Policy, p.18)  “School staff should not confront students about their gender identity upon entry into the restroom.”

Will you tell the parents that suicide prevention education is also provided? After all, the suicide rate among trans kids is above that of heterosexual kids. This is a disaster in the making and children will suffer horribly - you just don't care.

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