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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  3:52 pm
Commenter: Tina L

Strongly Oppose

This transgender model policy is in direct violation of parental rights along with trying to play God. The Virginia Department of Education's job and purpose is to provide children with an education. It is not the VDOE's job to be the parent. Instead you are developing policies that cave into the immature development and mindset of a child's gender choices and in turn labeling parents, teachers and peers as abusers for not giving the child what they want. These children need professional counseling and support from their families to help them understand why they feel they way they do. In addition, the VDOE is not God and should not attempt to redefine what God alone has created. Your model policy does not respect or value the belief of Christians or other faiths that firmly believe that God created people as distinctly male and female. You cannot force us to believe otherwise and deem us as abusive when our faith values are very clear that gender is not fluid. It is not the public school's job to affirm the psychological whim of a child. They are children. You are the adults. Please make adult decisions and implement policies that unify and help children and their families, not separate them by encouraging children to keep secrets from their parents. 

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