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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  7:07 pm
Commenter: Sharon Slingerland

STRONGLY OPPOSE
 

Children, especially those in elementary school, have a hard enough time growing into their bodies and knowing the difference between boys and girls.  It is ok if they want to share bathrooms and bedrooms at home, but in a public area there should be strictly separate areas.  For those children in middle and high school, their bodies are developing and children are adjusting to those changes.  For some girls, changing in front of another girl is very embarrassing, but to have to change in front of a boy who thinks for the moment he is a girl could be very traumatic!  And does that boy really think he is a girl or is he just saying so so that he can go into the girls room/locker room to see girls in all stages of undressed.  Think!!!  Would you want your teen aged daughter to share a locker room with a boy!  I think not!  Use your heads to change this back to separate girl/boy/family rest rooms and locker rooms. 

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