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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  9:40 pm
Commenter: John M Fraser

Oppose proposed transgender policies

Our public schools have a critical responsibility first and foremost as educational institutions. As such, they need to respect natural law and natural science. Controversial social initiatives are guaranteed to serve as significant distracting elements within the educational framework. Our public schools are are inappropriate forum for conducting social experiments. 

The details of the purpose guidelines violate the responsibilities and rights of parents on many levels. Although it is important for public officials to protect children, it is absolutely a violation of public trust for public officials to have secret and privileged interactions with a minor which may be in direct contrast to the parents rights and responsibilities. The spectrum of abuse by public officials that such guidelines would open up is vast in reach and scope, and truly chilling. There is no legitimate moral or legal foundation for the privileges that the proposed guidelines grant to the public school officials vis-a-vis the students parents. 

The proposed guidelines contain insufficient safeguards against immature or malicious abuse of the proposed privileges to be granted to minors who wish to identify as transgendered or other-gendered. There is no objective science that supports these proposals, and the preponderance of human experience over the millenia contradict the recent support offered by subjective academic disciplines. This issue is one that needs to be worked out in the public sphere over time (generations) and is inappropriate for imposition with the force of law in our public schools. 

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