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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  3:06 pm
Commenter: Concerned parent

Strongly Opposed

Strongly oppose!!! Children are considered minors for a reason. To put a policy in place that would discipline a child without notifying or involving the parents is a complete loss of rights and trust in the school system. I don’t agree with any form of bullying and it should absolutely be addressed but to say for the privacy of the transgendered person you wouldn’t notify the parents is absurd. You will lose several students and teachers if you approve this policy. The school is not the place to enforce such a policy. Your sexual preference/orientation does not belong at school. School is for education. Just like my personal home life does not belong at my place of employment. This is not the answer at all. 

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