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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  5:40 pm
Commenter: Maria

Opposed
 

Please leave your agenda at home, Lawmakers.  The government-funded school system should not be promoting an agenda that is contrary to the laws of God and nature. Virginia children should not be exposed to teaching that leads them to question their gender identity. Children are not in school to celebrate their identity. They are going to school to learn the essential skills to move into adulthood, and to prepare to work and provide for themselves and their future families.  Life skills are important to teach, as well as the teaching of ethics. If instruction in morality cannot be given because of "separation of church and state," how can you justify teaching something as personal as how one identifies themselves with regard to gender.  Alternative lifestyle instruction has no place in the educational system.  Perhaps you should consider teaching children how to protect themselves from human predators who would steal their innocence, and perhaps their very lives, if they think they can get away with it. And while I'm commenting, let me be clear, any child harmed by your educational policies should have every means of legal redress for harm incurred under your laws passed in the Va House and Senate. My lawsuit, should my child be harmed, would include each one of you by name. Again, I repeat, leave your personal agendas at home, Lawmakers. You have no right to push your personal agenda in Virginia's schools. 

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