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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  8:04 pm
Commenter: Barbara Doggett

I oppose after reading
 
Who diagnoses a student as transgender? Is it the student, or a teacher, counselor, or other staff member? If a student can self-diagnose for gender identity, can a student also self-diagnose other conditions? ADHD for example?
 
 
 Who is liable if something criminal happens to a student who is rooming with students of the opposite sex and the parent did not give consent for the trip? Is there a legal precedence? Would the school be charged for allowing the assault if a parent had advised against the risk? 
 
Please rethink this policy if only for the reasons of opening up a huge legal issue for teachers - will they be held responsible for decisions made against the parent's? 
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