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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  8:33 pm
Commenter: Robert and Merlene Mallory

School "Transgender" Policies
 

We are in opposition to the draft model policies set forth by the Virginia Department of Education.  An individual's gender is determined at conception by their creator, and is not subject to human manipulation or change.  Attempts to reverse these God given genders will result in lasting physical, emotional, and mental harm.  Children and young people do not have the mental maturity to understand the consequences and make these radical life changing decisions.  It is wrong for the our education organizations to encourage the child in making these decisions.  The policies set forth by this document does encourage children to do this and discourages them from discussing and being accountable to their parents.  This is the responsibility of the parents to teach, train, and make these decisions regarding their child's welfare.  The parent does have the right to discourage the child from altering their birth gender without government interference.  These policies will allow biological males to utilize female restrooms and locker facilities which could cause sexual abuse, fear and trauma for these females.  This policy forces one view of human sexuality on others whose differing views and faith does not agree with this policy.  The government does not have the right to take away this freedom of thought, speech, and belief from the parents, teachers and student. 

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