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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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1/17/21  8:34 am
Commenter: Richard Durand

Opposed - Very concerned parent & citizen

I agree that our children need a school environment that ensures the safety, security and a conducive learning environment for All children.   But these troubling policies proposed by VDOE are totally unworkable and will force all students, faculty and administrators to comply with views of sex and gender, that might directly conflict with their own fundamental beliefs and understanding.   They will also infringe on the rights of a potentially much larger group of students, faculty and parents than the group they believe they are trying to protect.   It’s seems more like an agenda or ideology is being pushed, rather than thoughtful, measured policy in the best interest of the entire school community   The VDOE went way, way too far and needs to scrap this entirely and go back to the drawing board, that is if the current policies are not effective  - and I am not sure that they are not. 

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