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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  4:56 pm
Commenter: Barbara Ettner

I Strongly Oppose H.B. 145

I strongly oppose passage of H.B. 145. This proposed legislation is contrary to the rights and responsibilities of parents  who are the first and best teachers of their children including matters related to their children's sexual development. Sexual identity is a highly individual, private and critical component of children's healthy psychological, social and biological development.  It is wrong and unwise for the state to interfere, with unnecessary and potentially harmful "cookie-cutter" approaches to solving the problems of children and young adults K-12 who, with the guidance of their parents, physicians, psychologists, etc. must work out physical, social and psychological issues of gender confusion as appropriate to each child; this should happen within the confines of the family, medical professionals and psychologists. State interference with gender identity issues only adds another level of complexity for children and teens -- the majority of which do not have gender confusion issues -- parents, educators, school administrators and local children's service agencies.  

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