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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  9:25 pm
Commenter: G Klein

Strongly Oppose

I have several objections regarding the proposed regulations. In effort to protect students regarding sexual identity matters the regulations overreach. They endanger the safety of students (especially females) by permitting access to rest rooms and licker rooms, they infringe on parental rights by degrading the parents roles in such an important matter their children face, they provide problematic use of pronoun protections that cannot effectively be enforced resulting in potential capricious disciplinary actions against teachers and students, and they infringe on respect of traditional religious beliefs of many that have consistently endured for centuries.

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