STRONGLY OPPOSE on multiple levels:
Failure to use a student’s new “preferred pronouns” – which can change from day to day and even defy basic rules of grammar (“ze/hir/hirs”, “they/them/their”) – would be “harassment” and “discrimination”, for which both faculty and students would be subject to disciplinary action.
Schools will be permitted to help a student explore, facilitate and make decisions regarding their gender expression of sexual identity while at school, without a parent even knowing!
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.”
Parents who encourage their children to embrace their God-given sex would be at risk of being reported for child abuse or neglect by the school.
Students will be allowed to 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.
Schools would be prohibited from notifying parents if a biological male is using the same changing facility as their daughter that was designated for girls.
If passed, our children will be pulled out of Virginia Public Schools and we will seek employment elsewhere.