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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  8:33 am
Commenter: Rachael Pohlman

Oppose Bill 145 and 161

I strongly oppose Bill 145 and 161!

There are sufficient laws that already protect students. This is yet another gross overreach of government and it must be stopped! 

The government is not and will never be a replacement for fair and decent parenting. Nor are they the authority on what parenting SHOULD be. In that, by substituting itself in place of parental guidance and basic moral training, you are directly undermining and degrading the delicate and PRIVATE fabric of the nuclear family, parental rights, responsibilities, and privilege. What this bill will further do is handicap parents and weaken family units even further. VA parents are responsible, capable, loving, and care for their families. If they are not, there are laws and procedures to deal with these issues. How will taking away parental responsibility to ALL parents, help increase safety & well being in our children? IT WILL NOT!

We do not need the government to regulate how we raise our children, nor influence our morals & beliefs. STOP GOVERNMENT OVERREACH NOW! OPPOSE Bill 145 and 161.

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