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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  10:58 am
Commenter: James Lancellotti

Opposing Comment

This policy proposal by the VA DOE is clearly a violation of religious liberty as it offers no protection to students who cannot refer to others with pronouns that differ from others’ pronounced sex at birth due to faith based convictions. 

The government is over stepping its bounds and assuming responsibility over minors that is reserved for parents, who themselves should teach principles and indoctrinate their children, and hopefully in ways that are in accordance with God’s Word.

This proposal is a war on the U.S Constitution and Bill Of Rights, but ultimately on the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God over all. His Word and incarnation provide us with the philosophical basis needed for a coherent understanding of human rights, sexual identity, law, etc. What philosophical basis does a secular state have for such fundamental categories? A secular state has none. We need God fearing people in office who will legislate and utilize State and Federal constitutional and governing frameworks to the glory of God, not to commit high treason against Him the way this policy does.

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