Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  6:05 pm
Commenter: Lisa Updike

Be very cautious

I am very thankful that Virginia Department of Education cares for all of our children, including those who are struggling with their gender identities. It is important that parents be allowed to speak into their children's lives and help guide them in these most difficult issues. Children often explore roles, gender and other roles, as they grow. It is part of learning who we are and how we fit in with our world. However, we must not throw common sense aside for being progressive. Somethings should go without saying:  biological females and males should not share locker rooms or bathrooms. Students may not change their gender and names from one day to the next. Additionally, It is also unwise and unkind to assume that those who hold to traditional standards are bigoted and/or do not want the very best for youth dealing with these confusing issues, issues that have only become more confusing as we have smudged the lines of what it means to be male and female. Be extremely cautious before making widespread changes in policy. We can be respectful to all without endangering our children and families by normalizing the struggles of a few precious, but confused students. 

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