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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  1:32 pm
Commenter: Matt Morse


I oppose the Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools.  I believe it is not appropriate to bring the subject of one’s sexuality into open discussion in school.  I feel this would violate the norms of my faith and expose my children to influences that would only serve to confuse them.  While I am sensitive to the plight of those individuals who may struggle with their gender identity or sexual orientation, I don’t feel that it applies to enough students where it needs to become a focal point of education.  I am also concerned that such an effort may take the form of “recruitment” toward certain gender and sexuality ambivalence that are mere steps in the typical evolution of self identity in childhood and adolescence, and may have the tendency to arrest that development if children are encouraged to identify in a non-binary way because it is “new,” “cool,” or “rebellious.”  I think if you start doing this, you are going to do more harm than good.  How about better drug abuse prevention efforts?  Can we not spend our resources and time in a direction that really needs it, or are we more interested in serving the needs of the few over the needs of the many?

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