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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  1:07 pm
Commenter: A mom and a public school teacher

Oppose---read this carefully people

Schools already have bullying & harassment policies in place.  This is pushing a much more personal issue and agenda.  If this passes, I know many public school teachers will leave to teach in the private schools and many parents will pull their kids out to home school. Good for them, but what about the lower income families who have no choice but to send their child to public schools?  Don't they have rights? They shouldn't have to worry about their child's safety in locker rooms and bathrooms. 

Let students dress as the gender they "choose" and give them a bathroom and locker room to use. DO NOT allow the majority of students who would feel VERY UNCOMFORTABLE with having THEIR rights being infringed upon. What about the kids who want to feel safe and secure with the gender GOD gave them?  What about their rights? 

Focus on reading, writing, history, science and math instead of pushing sex and sexual confusion onto little, impressionable minds and lives. 

This kind of education is not for public schools, it is for the home  and parents to discuss in their families.  NOT in the school system.  


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