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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  3:24 pm
Commenter: Raegan A.

This policy harms ALL children

I fully support policy that keeps children safe and makes sure they are treated equally. This policy DOES NOT do that. It instead encourages the possibility of school employees keeping VITAL information from parents regarding their child's gender and sexual identity--usurping parental authority and allowing a child to live two separate lives at school vs. at home. In what context would it ever be considered "safe" for a child to lie to their parents?

This policy also leaves children vulnerable when using restrooms and locker rooms--subjecting them to use the bathroom and change in front of the opposite biological sex. Would you feel comfortable making a 13-year-old biological female completely undress in front of a 17 or 18-year-old biological male? This policy simply does not take into consideration the emotional or even physical safety of children when placing them in these potentially vulnerable situations. We know that sexual abuse is RAMPANT in schools and this policy is only further opening the door to this. 

These are only two of the many reasons why I oppose this policy. Listen to your concerned parents and citizens. I hope the DOE can step up and suggest thoughtful policy that ACTUALLY protects the well-being of all children instead of simply answering to the demands of a certain ideology or political policy. 

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