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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1/5/21  12:08 pm
Commenter: teacher


No student should be harassed or bullied for any reason and all should be respected and educated regardless  of whether I agree with their choices.  However, their "rights" should not supersede the rights of those who recognize and adhere to biology.  For instance, I should not have to share my bathroom with someone who was a man at birth.  I think this issue has gone too far---as much of society has.  It has also put an undue burden on educators and school systems.  I have no problem working with or teaching those who have made lifestyle choices I disagree with. I do have a problem when I as an educator now have to fear a lawsuit because I forget to call Sally, John, this year.  You must also be careful to respect the spiritual rights of those who know that God created male and female.  We can accept, teach, and love those who may think differently.  We also need to understand that really caring for our young people does not mean we accept every belief and way of thinking.  We care about them enough to correct them and lead them in the right direction.  

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