Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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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1/4/21  9:38 pm
Commenter: Mark Bowyer


The current confusion about gender in our society is an historical anomaly. While there have been limited examples at various times in history, no nation has ever pushed the issue to the degree that the United States has these past several years. It is likely that the pendulum will swing in another direction and this will be looked back upon as error. I agree that everyone deserves protection from bullying and persecution, but to build in curricula that attempt to perpetuate this idea of gender fluidity is a great mistake.

Good studies have shown that children are most successful when raised by a male and a female parent. Public policy should protect individuals, but should not erode the fundamentals of gender nor their importance to parenting.

Thank you for your kind attention.

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