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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  2:56 pm
Commenter: Anne F

Strong Opposition

As a young woman who grew up in the Virginia public education system, I cannot express greater outrage at such a policy intended to infringe on biological female-only spaces (in particular, bathrooms and locker rooms). Not only does this display ignorance on the science concerning immutable biological sex, it subverts the will of the majority in deference to the issues of the few. There are intelligent ways to honor the dignity of transgender students AND protect girls—this measure is not one of them. I fiercely oppose this policy that has proven to endanger and violate girls/young women in every single instance that it has been enacted. 

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