Repressive and Hypocritical
Yes, all students should always be treated with respect, yet, to Christians, sex assignment is determined by GOD. To change one's original sex infers that GOD made a mistake; therefore, this is a sin. Sinning is wrong because it hurts not only GOD but those who love and obey biblical beliefs. To dictate that Christian students and teachers must use "appropriate" sex pronouns, share bathrooms, etc., and the most egregious of all, be threatened for teaching their children biblical sexuality is totalitarianism. Making recommendations is within your rights, but coercing compliance through multiple threats of punishment is repressive and hypocritical. The wrong you are trying to prevent, you, yourself, are doing. What happens when a Christian student is being bullied for his values? Given this scenario, why is the VDOE treating, not only Christians but also Jews and Muslims, differently? Public education prides itself on teaching a diversity of thought, so why are religious views being suppressed? Institutes of education should instead be teaching interpersonal skills, which creates an ongoing diversity of benefits more than punishing those who disagree with you. A top workplace skill is learning how to get along with people who think differently than you. So, why are you struggling to get along with those whose second commandment is to "love thy neighbor?" Perhaps someone, who gets along better with others, should be writing the VDOE Transgender policy.