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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  4:21 pm
Commenter: Mark Schumann

Strongly oppose

Students who want to identify in a way other than their birth gender have had the option to use a nurses bathroom or unisex bathroom at school.  Many kids go to the office for various reasons throughout the day.  Some go for daily medication. This is normal and students don’t even question it. The rest of the students should not have to the stress of a biological opposite sex child in their bathrooms and locker rooms.  My daughter has stated that she will never feel comfortable with a boy in the restroom or locker room. Please do not do this! Also, allowing biological males on female school sports teams puts most biological females at a physical disadvantage.  Look at states that enacted this type of legislation and you will see that biological males now hold the top spots in girl sports.  This is unfair to biological females.  They are missing out on scholarships to college.  In Connecticut this has already been an issue where 2 Biological males took titles in female track.  It’s an issue of fairness. A couple of years ago, a biological man who identifies as a femalewon a women's world championship cycling event in California.  The list goes on.  Please don’t let it go on in Virginia. 

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