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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  7:58 pm
Commenter: John Ferguson

Strongly Oppose

I am strongly opposed to allowing "transgendered" students into the restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex of their own biological sex.  It's ridiculous that I have to even write this. Especially, after being told repeatedly by the media and the state government to "believe the science" on COVID in respect to lockdowns, school closures, social distancing, and masks. Well, "believe the science" on this issue too.  There are only 2 sexes, and you cannot acrually change your sex.  Also recognize that the vast geographical majority of Virginia is opposed to this and their beliefs should also be respected.  Each locality's School Board should be allowed to continue determining what's best for their communities.

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