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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  11:59 am
Commenter: Stephen Vinson

VDOE model policy for treatment of transgender students

This proposed policy usurps parental rights.  If there is a legitimate concern of abuse or neglect, it needs to be investigated, but this proposal ignores the parents rights for moral and religious guidance.

This proposal allows the opportunity for a student to take advantage of a perverted desire to use bathroom or dressing room facilities of the opposite biological sex.  The policy also prevents anyone from questioning the student's motives and doesn't allow parents to be notified that their child or children are subjected to this potentially perverted activity. ********An interesting point is the policy doesn't address the potential liability if my child is raped or sexually abused as a result of this policy !!!

The VDOE would be acting wisely to scrap this proposed policy. 

Stephen Vinson


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