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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  6:11 pm
Commenter: Concerned VA parent

STRONGLY OPPOSE
 

I strongly oppose the policies set forth in this guidance document, Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in VA Public Schools. The Acknowledgments section clearly indicates a lack of diversity in viewpoints, and no reasonably-minded parent could ever support the nonsense contained within this draft policy. You have, out of concern for a small group of people, endangered so many more. It is my absolute right as a parent to trust that my children, in their most vulnerable circumstances, such as using a restroom or changing room, would not have their privacy violated by the mere unchallenged assertion of identity from another student. The social dynamic imposed by these policies, as well as the unreasonable limitations placed on teachers who might otherwise be able to use common sense to protect the innocence of children, will create a disastrous educational environment the no parent could ever think of educating their children in. I strongly oppose the pretenses of this document, and strongly oppose these policies and any school who chooses to adopt them.

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