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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  10:58 pm
Commenter: Concerned Citizen

No on Transgender in Schools
 

To Whom It May Concern,

This is dangerous given science states a person’s brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Per a 2013 BBC article, “Child psychologists are being given a new directive which is that the age range they work with is increasing from 0-18 to 0-25...Neuroscience has shown that a young person's cognitive development continues into this later stage and that their emotional maturity, self-image and judgement will be affected until the prefrontal cortex of the brain has fully developed.” (source: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24173194)

If a brain is not fully developed & prior to age 25 decisions are based purely on emotions, then all the Education Department will do is create a bunch of gender confused kids who at age 9 say they want to be the opposite gender because it is a trend or to get attention for themselves but at age 10-13 say it was a mistake. Those even considering this must have never been exposed to kids since children are fickle little people. The job of a school is train and educate kids on how to use their knowledge to get a job and to succeed in life, not identity politics. A friend, René, transitioned as an adult from a man to a woman in the early 1990s because he always thought of himself as a woman. René got into a relationship and when she told her boyfriend about transitioning, he no longer wanted to see her. She told my mom “It was the worst decision she made.” This has always stuck with me because it made me sad René was not happy as a man nor as a woman. So sad is the lie of follow your heart. I do not believe it is right for children to be exposed to transgenderism because it mentally messes with young minds who are discerning between right/wrong as well as truth/lies. You cannot teach children that 1+0=1 when you tell them they can be a boy one day and a girl the next day. That destroys trust and will expose children to abuse within the school system and at home. I really hope you all listen to those voicing opposition to this instead of the special interest groups and Northern VA liberals in favor of corrupting every institution with identity politics.

Thank you for your time.

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