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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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1/14/21  12:02 am
Commenter: Carol Taylor

opposed to model policies for the treatment of transgender students
 

I do not approve of the proposed guidelines based on radical theories that eradicate all distinctions between male and female and indoctrinate our school children.

This policy puts all employees at risk for disciplinary actions.

It is not the role of a school to help a child explore, facilitate and make decisions regarding their gender expression of sexual identity.

Why do you want to remove parental rights and privileges?

A student could claim to be either a biological male or female (or both, neither, or something else entirely) for any duration of time, without providing any evidence to a teacher or administrator, making it impossible for teachers to comply with these policies.

I am not in favor of mixed genders using the same restroom and / or locker facilities. This is not safe and eliminates privacy.

This does not even make sense: “Parents will not be notified that their child is being interrogated by school officials for allegedly violating these policies or have the opportunity to intervene on their child’s behalf, UNLESS the complaints are not resolved “at the school level.” It is the parent’s duty to raise their children and be involved in their lives. It is outside the scope of a school to revoke these rights and privileges of parents.

The policies provide absolutely no exceptions or accommodations for a student or teacher whose religious faith, conscience, or understanding of biology and sociology prevents them from being able to go along with the “transgender” ideology and policies.

This policy directly conflicts with fundamental beliefs of chromosomal makeup.

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