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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  6:28 pm
Commenter: DK Giffin

Ignores “peer contagion”

Nothing in these proposed regulations address the immature behavior of students. Human nature being what it is, children test boundaries in their journey to becoming adults. Oppositional behavior to people in power is common, as is the disproportional influence of peers to children as they go through puberty. There is a phenomenon known as peer contagion which causes children to be influenced by the impact of a member of their peer group. These regulations will provide a positive response from teachers and administrators, bringing attention to the new “outlier” who declares to be gay/transgender/agender and forces the people of power to bend to their will by calling them whatever pronoun they choose. This is an attractive proposition for young, impressionable children, particularly if they are feeling unnoticed and/or powerless. Children and adolescents are smart, though. Once they see how the administration is required to respond, they will begin testing the boundaries. Frivolous declarations will be common, boys will make declarations just to get into girls’ restrooms and locker rooms, or to join girls’ sports teams. This will not end well. 

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