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  12:22 pm
Commenter: Charles H.

I Do Not Support

The proposed policies are another attempt to impose woke ideology on the common person, who (I hope to God) does not support it. They would facilitate complaints of "discrimination, harassment, or bullying." Invariably, the end result is that students, teachers, &c. are terrorized for offenses they did not commit, or arraigned for minor offenses against political correctness, &c.

They would have school personnel withhold information "relating to a student’s transgender status" from parents, thus undermining the authority and right of parents as the principal caretakers of their children.

They would "eliminate or reduce the practice of segregating students by gender to the extent possible," thus robbing students of valuable time spent learning and growing with members of their own sex.

They would undermine the beauty of having two sexes with bland uniformity. There is no reason for "gender-neutral attire."

They would subject confused female students to the terrors of the men's locker rooms. They would facilitate confusion and feelings of "superiority" and elevated social status. Students participating in the latest "fad" should not expect authorities to recognize their fad as sacred. Is it not miraculous that half the girls I know all of sudden are boys?

They would subject school staff to yearly indoctrination sessions, imposing hateful woke ideology on innocent people.

If the state actually cares what the people of Virginia think, they will listen to their valid concerns, rather than staging a mock townhall, then proceeding to do as they please.

These proposed policies do not reflect the values of the people of Virginia. It remains to be seen whether or not authorities care.

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