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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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1/16/21  3:41 pm
Commenter: Publius

This is an abuse!

This policy is an abuse of all school children. There is absolutely no cause for it. Why should the thousands of children with no LGBTQ+ inclinations be forced into shared bathrooms? Why couldn't one simply implement a smaller LGBTQ+ bathroom / locker room for those who wish to use it? Consider what would happen if there were a transgender student who identified as male: why would he then want to be shoved back into a joint bathroom or locker room where he feels like he is exposing himself before females? Or take a Lesbian youth: why should she wish to expose herself before other women? Not to mention that the vast majority of students are not LGBTQ+ and have no reason to desire that such a policy be implemented. Even considering a diversity of sexual orientations etc., the VAST majority still identify as being attracted to one of the two most common sexes. There is no reason to make the majority suffer for the few students who don't identify / aren't attracted to either of the two most common genders. In my opinion, there can be alternative arrangements made that take into account that very small percentage of the LGBTQ+ community that does not identify / isn't sexually oriented towards either of the two traditional sexes without sacrificing the privacy and rights of the rest of the student body. In implementing this policy, my only thought is that the legislators consider the entirety of the student body to have no interest in privacy or decency whatsoever. They are hoping for inclusion, but what they will get is orgy, rape, molestation, and serious trauma to those very persons they wish to protect, and to the rest of the students as well.

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