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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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1/15/21  12:36 pm
Commenter: Jennifer Callahan

These Transgender mandates make no sense and I oppose them
 

As mother of a freshman son at a high school in Fairfax County, I very much oppose the mandates that you are setting forth here. They are ridiculous! The population of people who call themselves transgendered is minute. Mandating that ALL students and staff members change their ways of speaking when referring to a tiny population of the entire student body makes no sense whatsoever. 

Additionally, I absolutely cannot support the notion of allowing a child who is biologically female, into the high school locker room or bathroom with boys like my son. Again, this is ludicrous and potentially dangerous for the young woman who would attempt to do such a thing. As the mother of a high-school aged daughter, as well, I am especially concerned about her safety in a scenario such as this - which is one reason why we moved her out of the public school system and into Catholic school. 

Since time immemorial, people have been born either male or female. When I was pregnant with my three children - the options before me, when asking my doctor about the sex of my babies - were either MALE or FEMALE. No woman is ever pregnant or delivers a "transgendered" child. Such medical conditions can be documented and are extremely rare!

This notion of *feeling* like a boy one day or a girl the next is simply not feasible. The science simply doesn't support it. Ask any scientist or doctor and he or she will tell you by looking at ANY person's DNA on this planet: they are unequivocally male OR female -  whether they "feel like it today" or not. There simply is no other option! Feelings need to be kept OUT of this argument.

Asking the rest of the public school population to change the way they address this population (or whether they share a locker room with this child) for the sake of a relative few students makes no sense. This is why I respectfully ask you to please refrain from implementing these ridiculous policies and concentrate on more important initiatives, like getting our kids back to in-person school!

Respectfully,
Jennifer Callahan

Fairfax County, VA

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