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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  12:18 pm
Commenter: Geoff C

Strongly Oppose

I would like to voice my opposition to the proposed guidelines on several grounds. 

First, public schools are encroaching on the role of the parent. As parents, it is our responsibility to expose (or not expose) our children to social and cultural topics. Public schools have already over stepped their role in other areas such as the FLE program. Any attempt of the public schools to introduce topics not directly related to education of FACTS should be considered social engineering and immediately stopped. Parents are the ONLY acceptable source of information regarding social and cultural topics. 

Second, the policy assumes that the student questioning their gender is the ONLY individual affected by the school environment. What about students that are NOT questioning their gender identity? Does their view not matter? Are their religious beliefs and those of their family not also factors that should be considered? The policy proposal is extremely one sided. Perhaps we also need a document entitled "Model Policies for the Treatment of Conservative and Traditional Students in Virginia’s Public Schools." In that document, we should explore the psychological damage caused by children when they see someone in the bathroom that doesn't have the same body parts they do. 

I strongly oppose this policy and ask that the policy NOT be adopted in whole or in part.

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