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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  3:50 pm
Commenter: Eddy Aliff, Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists

Concern over parental involvement
 

Parents are the caregivers of their child(ren). If a child is injured or sick or being bullied, a parent is (or should be) contacted. This should be the case even if the child requests the parent not be informed, including the situation of a child keeping secret a transgender status.  

A second area of concern is overnight school-sponsored activities. Others may not be bothered but any student who refuses to share a room with a transgender student should be permitted to be in a different room. 

A third concern is any student who claims to have a fluid gender and is creating havoc for teachers who never know how to address this student. 

In summary, children are the ultimate responsibility of parents even though schools do carry responsibility while the students are in their care. It seems the teachers are having another weight thrust on them with these additional guidelines. But remember that parents should always be informed of issues or changes faced by their child(ren) so that they can properly help their child(ren). 

Thank you for considering my comments.

Sincerely,

Rev. Eddy Aliff

Executive Director 

Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists

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