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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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1/19/21  8:32 am
Commenter: Katherine Jordan

I strongly oppose this policy.

As a parent of children in Prince William County, Virginia, I strongly oppose the proposed transgender agenda. It is not the school system's job to enforce this radical agenda on families, and especially not on people's children, especially without their consent. To call yourselves educators and then to teach concepts that are contrary to science makes me to call unto question what exactly you consider your role to be in the formation of young minds. I am against my children being forced to share a bathroom with those who are of the opposite sex biologically and to have to potentially observe the body parts of the opposite sex. This goes against what we believe religiously about modesty and is a violation of our freedom to exercise out faith as protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The bathroom policy, the ability for biologically female individuals to go topless, etc, also puts children at greater risk for sexual assaults. To promote the denial of biological science in the name of tolerance shows that you are greatly breaking the boundaries as educators, and the idea that parents will not be informed or consulted also shows that you reject that they are the primary educators of their children. The school system needs to stick to teaching fact and not to teaching what is en vogue today.

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