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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  4:15 pm
Commenter: Erin Balloue

Absolutely opposed
 

This policy frightens me. It is not accounting for the welfare of our children and is looking only at one side of the political spectrum while using our children as victims.  We don't allow elementary school students to drive cars, choose whether to do their homework or even if they can eat their vegetables before or after dessert. Why would we allow them to decide what gender they will be in 50 years? Most children out grow any "confusion" they have. I believe this policy can damage a young child. It takes away privacy from developing middle schoolers in the locker rooms. When I was in middle school, the last thing I would want is a biological boy anywhere close to me while I was changing! No matter how that person felt. It is not allowing for a safe and inclusive environment for all students and instead discriminates against conservative and religious families. 

 

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