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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  8:20 pm
Commenter: P Chase

My Right to Decide, not Yours!

Certainly all students have the right to feel comfortable in school, but your mission is to educate students in academic matters.  Matters regarding sexual orientation and preference fall under the domain of the child's parent(s).  The vast majority of students do know their sexual orientation, and their rights to privacy may not be overridden for the benefit of a few. Respect should be given to all. I object to this proposal. Thank you.

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