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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  7:33 pm
Commenter: Sheila Dougherty

I am very against this bill - parents should know when their children are thinking of transitioning!

I am very against this bill.  It undermines parents.  They should be the ones in control of their children’s lives.  If the schools can keep a child’s interest in and progress in transitioning a secret from his or her parents, it seems to me that the parents’ rights regarding that child are being subverted.  Parents are the most important people in a child’s life because they love that child!  No child should be in any way encouraged to transition behind his or her parents’ backs.  Besides, it is immoral to do so.


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