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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  6:07 pm
Commenter: Cathy

Strongly oppose these transgender policies

These policies are designed to usurp a parent's authority and right to teach their own children about sex.  Issues regarding sex should be handled at home especially through elementary school and the parents should always be informed about any decisions their child makes while at school.  Under these policies, a parent may find themselves accused of child abuse if they encourage their child to embrace their biological sex.  

These policies are also dangerous!  If a biological boy wants to use the girls bathroom, he is allowed to do that and schools are not obligated to let parents know!  At what age is this appropriate?  In fact, under these policies all students can use any bathroom they would like.  This will be a nightmare for most schools creating more problem than it solves.

Students with gender disphoria should have the support and help that they need.  Schools can be a wonderful resource for students, but should never be allowed to take a parent's rightful place in teaching their children about sex.

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