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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  8:01 pm
Commenter: Julie

Strongly Opposed

As a former educator, a parent, and a grandparent, I am appalled that this would be even considered! The education of our children should not include sexual preferences or even be addressed in curriculum in the school setting. These types of conversations should be left to each family to discuss with their children in their home. This goes completely against the Christian belief and forces Christian children and parents to go along with something that they are being taught by their parents, their church, and their culture is wrong. Treating each other fairly, can be done without forcing everyone to believe something that is not right in their own eyes! It would be just as easy to develop curriculum to teach children to love each other and to respect other people's decisions without forcing them to go along with someone else's decisions.

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