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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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2/3/21  4:26 am
Commenter: Eliza A.

Stop Experimenting
 

Please do not permit the ongoing social experimentation with our children. Forcing opposite sexes into bathrooms, locker rooms, sports teams and more is not the role of education.

You are contemplating actions which erase girls and women from society and devalue the roles of girls and boys in society.

Meet the individual needs of any student based on their particular needs: trans, blind, special education, whatever. Do not, however, meet their needs at the expense of others. That is where things go off the rails; you cannot grant a right to one person by usurping the right of another.

So much harm has come to students at the hands of people who claimed they knew better over the last year. Do not further poor decisions by experimenting on the whole of a student population.

Find another way - and never forget the obligation to respect the primacy of the rights of parents, those who hold cultural and religious tenets, and minor students (both girls and boys), who have inherent differences which should be valued and protected.

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