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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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2/2/21  11:51 pm
Commenter: Concerned Parent

Strongly Oppose
 


I strongly oppose this bill. I feel the "safe for all" definition is not taking the safety, of biological male or females into consideration. According to this policy, schools will have to allow boys identifying as girls, to use the girls’ bathrooms or change in female locker rooms, and it can be done without parents being notified as other parents have stated. Young girls are at risk of being exploited or potentially harmed by young males.  Please think about the potential for sexual assault or teen pregnancy.  This can cause more harm than good. If a child wants to identify as transgender that is fine, I understand privacy or rights, but children needs safety and as a mother of a daughter I am concerned that if this passes you are putting my child and any parents child at risk for being harmed.  please vote against this bill!

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