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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  9:28 pm
Commenter: peter mcauliff

Opposed/ James Monroe Alumni

To whom it may concern,

I am a graduate (2012) of James Monroe High School. I strongly oppose this policy. What if a boy claims to be a girl in order to have access to the girls bathroom/ locker rooms for his own sexual pleasure? What if a child does not want their parent to know they are a transgender, and ends up telling a teacher, and then harms themselves, or even commits suicide? Are their parents going to know then? This policy does nothing but undermines parents and their rights to guide and raise their children. It is a prime example of government overreach for the sake of control. As a school teacher myself, I cannot believe how many potential liabilities can come from this for your public schools. I also am dumbfounded in how it claims to put kids first. Gender Dysphoria is a serious mental health problem in our society today. This policy would only encourage a mental disorder in our youth, when they already have a lot of pressure and things to work through as being a teenager. If you really want to make an inclusive environment, then coming up with a mental health plan to help kids through the pain and suffering they already have with this disorder, would be a start. If you implement this policy you are going to lose a lot of people from the public schools. Many people have already left Fair Fax County public schools, Do you want more losses? 

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