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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  7:01 pm
Commenter: Becky Hensley

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. 

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