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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  9:11 am
Commenter: Jennifer Thompson

Strongly oppose

I do not support schools discussing any sort of sexual orientation/sexuality topics with young children. There is absolutely no reason that a young child should be exploring their sexuality before a certain age. This notion that we should encourage children to make such choices at a very young age is disgusting and serves no purpose in a civilized society. Schools should be focusing on the subjects they are teaching and good character traits in general - not whether or not you are male/female/etc. Teachers have enough to worry about as it is, and having to worry about whether they are using the correct he/she/they terminology is absurd.

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