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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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1/13/21  8:31 am
Commenter: Heather Lynn Trout

Strongly Oppose Transgender School Policy - Put God back in school and see what happens

The people who are making decisions on the education of our children are 110% responsible for the violence and hatred in America and they need to be punished. 

I am absolutely, 110% opposed to the transgender school policies that are proposed for several reasons which are outlined below:

1. Put God back in schools and see what happens. Stop having these nonsense drills to prepare students for an intruder and focus on making sure the students are taught how to act so that these threats aren't an issue any longer. Do your research on this, focus on the school shootings that have taken place since the bible and prayer was removed from schools, and then process the facts. Treating everyone fairly isn't important, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. If a child gets their feelings hurt for not getting the honor roll, then perfect, you have given that child another reason to work a little harder and hopefully receive an honor roll certificate at the next opportunity. Don't punish the students who work hard to get the honor roll by taking away the praise they deserve, so that a student who didn't earn the honor roll's feelings aren't hurt; in life, you have to work hard for what you want or you'll never have it. Do NOT let students leave public schools thinking that it is okay to live on welfare - IT ISN'T in most cases. You should work for what you want, or you shouldn't have it. There are no excuses in the life of a failure, public schools should not let students think that there are.  Having God to pray to and guide you during these times will help tremendously. 

2. No child should be allowed to have conversations about their gender with anyone in a public setting without their parents being fully aware of the situation. Allowing this WILL cause heartache and even more confusion for the student(s). A child has to be comfortable with who they are in all aspects of their life, they can not possibly be one "person" at school and another in their home life and be happy.

3. Public schools are a place that is intended for students to learn and grow as individuals so that they become responsible, respectful members of society upon graduating. No student should be having conversations about gender when they should be learning. Schools are NOT responsible for making sure students are gender secure, that has to start at home. You have to let this work itself out and remain a neutral party, a safe place for ALL students. 

4. Don't change history, don't make math harder than it needs to be, don't teach students how to test Teach these kids how to succeed in life; give them the tools and support that they need to be a smart, successful adult and at that point, they can decide who they are. Without the knowledge to make the right decisions in life, violence and ignorance will continue to grow at a staggering rate. 

School systems across America have forgotten what is important, what is right, and what is wrong.  They aren't even concerned with getting back to the nitty-gritty and correcting the issues that they have caused in this world for fear of hurting someone's feelings. Screw feelings, everyone has them, and never will everyone be happy - DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE GREATER GOOD.  This conversation should not be happening right now, or ever. It is disgusting to me that the folks who are being paid with my tax dollars are concerned about transgender equality. Teach the students right from wrong and watch this issue disappear. Then, and only then, the folks in these paid positions can focus on decision making that actually involves learning and teaching students right from wrong. Stop brainwashing kids to think that liberalism is okay; teach them the facts, dating back to the beginning of time, unedited, and let them decide. 

I mean it when I say that the people who are making decisions on the education of our children are 110% responsible for the violence and hatred in America and they need to be punished. 

Heather Lynn Trout

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