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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  2:14 pm
Commenter: Concerned Parent

Strongly Oppose - Parents are kids parents... not school or state

Strongly oppose this guidance as it sets to exclude the parent’s involvement in their own child's life. Moreover, it expressly pushes teachers, administrators, etc. to keep information of the child secret from the parents. The teachers, administrators, etc. have no idea what is happening at home, can only base judgement from one side (child), and the scant information they can collect; and thus, may be unaware of other health, mental, or social issues the child is facing. Such lack of information could be detrimental to the child and is why the parents MUST be included and informed. This is unacceptable to have the school system subvert the role of parents in the development of their own children.

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