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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  9:42 am
Commenter: Susie Miller

I am opposed to this bill. Just one more distraction to take pupils from their studies.

Boys, girls, women and men are entitled to privacy when they enter a bathroom or locker room. It is invasive enough in an all girl's or boy's bathroom/lockerroom. I know these words are frowned on, but it is a fact one is born with one of two genders. It is hard to understand a society who would encourage these invasions into the most private rooms in a school. Should distractions be allowed during the schoolday, should children not be allowed a safe environment in which to concentrate on their studies. I do not understand a society who allows minors to make a decision of gender switching until they are in their majority. I hear too many people say, follow the science, but it is not science to have this gender reassignment during the school years of their childhood. Hence, this should not be an issue for schools at all.

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