Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  11:24 pm
Commenter: Wenger Family

Strongly oppose government over reach

our family supports all human beings and their rights to make their own choices. These policies are not about individual choices but, rather, about government directing and regulating families and the varying value structures of families across the Commonwealth. How dare any school personnel attempt to teach, “advise,” or influence my children without my wife and I being aware of it. This type of over reach is not leadership and is not about the health and well being of transgender students. It appears, however, to be all about political gamesmanship and shameful attempt to consolidate electoral power on false premises. Our family strongly opposes this ridiculous policy, and that opposition is shared by our children. 

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