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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  4:29 pm
Commenter: Amy V., mother of VA public school students

Strongly approve! All I want is a school my kids aren't afraid to go to.

I am the mother of a non-binary high school student and a gay middle school student, in a rural district. They did not choose to be people that are so discriminated against by some of our society. I'm sure like anyone, they would have chosen the path that is easier, if they could have. Neither my husband or I chose this path for them, but we support them because THIS IS WHO THEY ARE. The suggestion that we or any parents "make" our children "this way" is ridiculous. I can't even make my kids eat vegetables most of the time, yet I am making them assume a gender identity or sexual orientation they don't want? Give me a break. My kids don't want to "convert" anyone, they simply want to be free of bullying and harrassment, and be able to learn. So far, they have both been bullied and harassed by other students, to the point they hate going to school.

None of the things proposed here take ANYTHING away from other kids, they just help the kids that need it. What are the arguments against it?

"My child should be free to bully your child because of their gender!"

"My child is uncomfortable around your gay child because I've taught them to hate gay people! So your child should have to leave school!" 

"I enjoy forcing my religious beliefs on my students by telling them their existence is offensive to God! I don't like being prevented from doing that!"

"I want to publicly humiliate my students by calling them a name or pronoun that I've been specifically asked not to use!"

This is what the "against" comments I've read are really saying, once you look past the dogwhistles and pat phrases that come from extreme right-wing media.

As a mother, all I want is a school my kids can actually learn at, because they aren't afraid to be there. Your kid doesn't have to date my kid, hang out with my kid, or like my kid. Your kid just needs to leave my kid the hell alone, and let them learn.





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