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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  10:20 am
Commenter: Valerie Rose

I do not support the eradication of all distinctions of the sexes in regard to public school guides

I understand the intent to grant the right to equality to the homosexual community. However, in  a free society the rights of any one  group cannot wipe out entirely the freedoms of other groups who must have the ability to dissent in the public forum . I believe that since the public schools are supported by all the people of Virginia , there has to be guidelines in place that support some distinctions of the sexes. In light of the Me Too movement , anti -bullying laws and lawsuits that defend the right to be free of sexual harassment and intimidation , we would be wise to not ignore some distinctions. To do so is to be completely insensitive to the very real and important guidelines that can help protect young people whether at school or a job or when they enter the adult world. Respectfully, I ask you to vote down the bills that eradicate all sexual distinctions between male and female. Please allow the freedom to have privacy in locker rooms and bathrooms for all citizens in Virginia. Thank you for your consideration.

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