Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  11:01 am
Commenter: Concerned parent, former educator

Oppose the current policies in this proposal

I oppose the detailed proposal written in the attached document. The policies being pushed forward are promoting a new standard of keeping parents in the dark regarding big ideas. The policies encourage children to seek guidance from the public school system, rather than partnering with the family to create a support network for the child. I will never support policy which intentionally eliminates the parent in any part of the child education. These policies also force those who do not religiously support it, to conform. I expect that regardless of the outcome, parents will receive FULL disclosure, communication on expectations, and options for those who oppose it based on religious beliefs.



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