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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  10:18 am
Commenter: Concerned parent

Strongly opposed.

We are strongly opposed to the new model guidelines regarding transgender students. 

The proposed guidelines and recent legislative changes claim support from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as reason to adopt these changes. However the APA has historically, accurately, referred to transgender topics and gender confusion. They have only changed their definition to support how someone feels. Rather, they should have remained objective to mental illness and confusion rather than subjective feels, which are even more confusing during the adolescent ages. 

Requiring staff to allow bathroom and locker access based on subjective identity endangers the well-being of students. Further, these guidelines prevent staff from even inquiring about entering private facilities. This further is dangerous particularly for female students who will have their privacy violated. 

Please stop this process and readdress. 

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