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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  8:33 am
Commenter: VA school parent


This is a very dangerous policy!!  Most people who oppose this bill care for and have empathy for transgender students; however, letting ANYONE go into the bathroom or locker room they choose puts our most vulnerable population at risk! Please reconsider other options to accommodate transgender students like allowing them to use private bathrooms such as the nurse’s bathrooms.  

We cannot fully accommodate the concerns/wishes of transgender students without then making MANY more students feel the same uncomfortableness and insecurity that the transgender first felt in the bathroom that matched their biological sex.  It does not make any sort of logical sense!

Please protect and consider ALL students’ concerns, as they are all legitimate and worthy of addressing and protecting!

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