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  1:00 pm
Commenter: Concerned Parent

Disapprove of Trans Language

The guidelines proposed by VDOE are absolutely in appropriate for schools & students. For any student to simply state a new identity on any given day, without parent knowledge or legal documentation to back up the change, is wrong. Parents oversee their children until they become “adults” at least until age 18 & have a right to know what is going on in school. Without requiring legal documentation, any student can exploit these policies to cause distraction, harm or negative consequences for teachers and other students. In addition, students must feel safe in bathrooms and locker rooms. They should never be expected to share these spaces with members of the opposite sex biologically!! Stop this madness!! I understand that trans students may not feel comfortable in life, but if a student is truly struggling with this issue then he/she need counseling, parent knowledge and support not wishy washy rules from VDOE that put other students, teacher and staff at risk for retaliation. 

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