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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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1/18/21  5:37 pm
Commenter: Nicole McGee

Strongly opposed

My husband and I are strongly opposed to this idea of transgender students using the same restrooms and locker rooms with all students. I have a middle school age daughter and I’m not comfortable with a young man coming in the locker room and changing next to her or using the restroom next to her. I fear this could be used as an excuse to get into the locker room of the opposite sex. I also fear confusion for the rest of the children. Couldn’t there be a separate room or separate restroom for them that would be a way to respect everyone’s privacy and choice?  I think we have to protect every child and their choices and their believes but this is not the answer. Please do better at protecting every child. 

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