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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  8:53 pm
Commenter: Stosh Kowalski

9th Amendment

I am in complete support of this document. The world is changing - cultural, technologically, scientifically. Today people are allowed to express themselves in ways not possible just a few decades ago. And in the same way that people were allowed to express their religion, and their love (by allowing interracial and gay marriage), people should be allowed to express their gender in ways that does not directly impact others. Yes, people will claim their Freedom of Religion to say their rights are being impinged, but they are not actively being impeded; it's simply that the mere presence of someone whose choice they disagree with offends them, and there are no rights against being offended. And finally, people get so focused on freedom of speech and religion and the 2nd amendment that they often forget the Ninth Amendment: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Thank you.

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