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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  7:02 pm
Commenter: Anonymous Feminist

In support of equal rights for all, maintaining the equal rights of women and girls

The legislation directs policies for a "safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for ALL students".  Women and men have equal rights.  Women are physically different than biological men.  In order to maintain equitable opportunities in sports, they must be limited to a single biological sex.

Biological females/males should have the right to change and use the bathroom in a single biological sex space as sharing a space with the opposite biological sex would promote a intimidating environment. 

Childhood and adolescence can be a confusing time. While some children experience gender dysphoria, even the World Professional Association for Transgender Health reports that this feeling does not inevitably continue into adulthood. Children should receive accurate information about human biology and reproduction. Educational policies can support all students without promoting and reinforcing this feeling of anxiety, uncertainty and discomfort with ones' own biological sex.

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