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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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1/20/21  6:40 am
Commenter: Keith Hechler

Strongly opposed

I am strongly opposed to allowing children of one gender, use the restroom of another gender, just because their parents aren’t satisfied with the gender God intended for them to be. God doesn’t make mistakes, humans do. For you to pander to these confused individuals and allow them to try and manipulate the system that is in place that is supposed to protect our children. In my honest opinion, any parent that tries to make a child that is not able to differentiate between the two, or are forced by the parent to dress and act different than God designed, should be charged with child abuse, because that, I feel is detrimental to that child’s sense of belonging, and constitutes the possibility of bullying and segregation. You don’t think that will lead to depression and the possibility of suicide. The confused parents should be held liable to the extent of the law. 

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