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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  10:22 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Fervently Oppose!

No child should be bullied, singled out, treated poorly, etc, for any reason. That goes without saying. However, this policy goes way beyond protecting children and instead actively promotes gender confusion, something that is deeply harmful to a child's psyche and potentially physical body. Young children are not mentally, emotionally, or physically mature enough to proclaim they're "trapped in the wrong body" and so if a child makes that claim, the right response should be to go to the parents right away and let them address it. Public schools should have no authority to encourage and promote gender confusion to developing children. By doing so, they'll be making it 'cool' and creating an avenue for children who don't fit in to find some sort of community or way to fit in that will potentially carry negative repercussions for them the rest of their lives. Stop the child abuse and political BS. Focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, and leave the social experiments at home!!

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