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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  11:49 am
Commenter: Patricia Phillips

Concern for Model Policy on Treatment of Transgender Student

In general, I oppose this proposed Model Guidance.  I think it will create more problems than it solves.  Anti-bulling policies are more than adequate to protect all students, including transgender students.  I'm concerned that the policy only takes into account the transgender student without regard to other students legitimate (i.e. not hate filled or intolerant) discomfort with sharing bathrooms, lockers or school sponsored sleepovers with the biological opposite sex.  The negative impact on girls sports teams in particular, disadvantages all girls sports gains that have been made.  The policy comes from a perspective assumes the school district's concern for the student is superior to the parent's concern and is contrary to parental rights.

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