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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  5:13 pm
Commenter: Sarah Jones

Please do not ignore parental rights

As a mother of 6 children all in Virginia public schools, I am appalled that the Department would put such a wedge between parents and their children.  Saying that "schools should help make decisions about gender identity without the parents being informed" is an outright attack on the family unit.  The family unit which is the foundation of society, and the provider of stable tax dollars used to fund your schools.   While every single human being has innate dignity and worth, your approach to achieving "equality" it is inappropriate.   Children should be affirmed in ways that uplift the beauty of their body, and not at the cost of dismantling the truth and goodness of human sexuality.  This "Guidance" only fortifies regressive, sexist stereotypes by enshrining the notion that subjective feelings and preferences (like hobbies, attire, emotional patterns, or style of interaction) are what define a man or a woman.  What an insult.  Many sex specific environments have cultivated support, growth and success among women and men- which is tremendously vital during the developmental years of a child's life.  This guidance document is NOT what Virginians want. 

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