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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  12:31 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Care for Children and School Faculty
 

I have seen research indicating the dangers of affirming this transgender ideology and how children regardless of affirmation have a high chance of suicide. Most of the time, it is a phase children go through so to encourage it as truth is dangerous to them. Also, it creates unsafe environments for biological females as well as denies them the freedom in sports to compete against equal female peers. When a child is not allowed to give consent to counseling or other services until a certain age (typically 18), then why do we assume they can figure this information out? If we direct them to this framework of thinking, then we are sending children to harm, potential sexual abuse from peers, and potentially suicide. Also, for those whose conscience or religious beliefs do not follow this line of thinking can impose stress and difficulty on them to serve these children properly. We need an atmosphere of care, guidance, and respect for each other which demanding these things does not create. Thank you for giving people a chance to communicate concerns.

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