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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  4:19 pm
Commenter: Hannah Wollmann

Further proof that public education is not fit for educating our next generation.
 

I believe parents and educators alike can agree that schools ought to be a place where all children feel safe and are encouraged to cultivate a love of learning for a lifetime of adjusting healthily in the world around them. We also agree that we teach them at developmentally appropriate paces. Before we teach children the exceptions to the rule, we first set them up with the foundational truths. If our educational establishments can't even recognize or respect the biological differences between the majority of males and females, and want to create policies that force all of to live in the margins of the fringe sexual anomalies, then I guess we are simply left to question the public education system's capabilities to educate our children properly. If tolerance and acceptance is the aim, then work in the arena of anti-bullying policies and allow the parents to work alongside you in these endeavors, not exclude us, even to the point of deception. This is not the way. 

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