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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  4:19 pm
Commenter: Autumn P.

STRONGLY OPPOSE. This is NOT protecting ALL children. There are ways to protect them all.

This is removing parents rights & those who know their children best. Those who have guardianship & who are responsible for their child's well-being. The government should never dictate how parents should handle gender related issues with their children. This is NOT a safety issue, therefore not an issue for the government to be involved in.

Parents and staff should continue to work together to teach against bullying of any kind. I am STRONGLY opposed to any form of bullying.

Keeping biological males and biological females separated into gender specific bathrooms and locker rooms is non-negotiable to maintain privacy and safety. A solution could be to offer single room bathrooms. Allowing biological males in biological female bathrooms and vice-versa IS an issue on multiple accounts. For one it's a liability for all. Sadly we do live in a day of false accusations and this puts young people in a situation to be falsely accused.

Ultimately though forcing children to use certain pronouns & allowing the school to influence "gender" identity and then to threaten removal from home, has taken this to a different level.


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