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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  3:27 pm
Commenter: Ashley Dove

Strongly Oppose

I strongly oppose the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) draft model policies for the treatment of transgender students.  As a parent of three girls, these policies have a very real potential to put them in very harmful situations.  When anyone is allowed in spaces that have been private and secure spaces for girls, you take away their rights to privacy and violate their safety. It is also highly concerning that this allows schools to help your child make huge decisions about themselves without involving their parents.  Multiple parts of these policies specifically state that parents will not be informed about what is happening at school, especially things that could affect a student negatively and that is not alright.  Parents have a right to be informed about their child at school and by taking away this dialogue you interfere with family relationships.  As an educator, I should have the right to not be a part of something that I don’t agree with and violates my beliefs.  This is not something the schools should be involved with in general.  Please DO NOT ratify these policies!

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