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  11:46 pm
Commenter: Ed Nix

strongly opposed to transgender indoctrination

The guidance document I have reviewed is Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools.  My concerns are addressed not only to my home county of Loudoun, but to the whole Commonwealth of Virginia.

The basis of the transgender policies that are the subject of this public-education institutional guidance document is that individual gender preference should take precedence over binary biological sex.  It should not, and ought not.  The policy is one of comprehensive repudiation of binary gender.  It attempts to contradict a fact of nature -- that the chromosomes, and all resulting gender characteristics of a person's body, determine the sex of a person.

I am not accepting the redefinitions of what gender means or ought to mean that are promulgated by the ideology of transgenderism.  But the subject document does that and far more.  It presses for full-throttle indoctrination of children, on numerous levels, toward gender deconstruction.  Not just for young people who may question their sexual tendencies, but for all students walking into the classrooms of public schools.  And no doubt authors of this policy template would have such proposals go beyond public classrooms in the not-too-distant future.

I call upon the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia to reject this and any similar program of transgender propaganda tools.  It represents "progress" in a dark, slick, downhill direction. 

I hope that affirmation of nature's gender identity will take its place, to the better mental and spiritual health and welfare of children.

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