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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  2:51 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Respectfully oppose as written

With respect and great empathy, I am confident that VA DOE can mediate the voices on both sides of this situation and find a solution which serves all. I do not believe this current model policy is it. VA DOE needs ownership from all sides to be successful and from the comments they have alienated many families with this policy. The net effect of this policy is that it could be undone with the new state administration resulting from upcoming elections. Further, those that can will pull their students from public school, creating a large layoff of school personnel which further hurts the community, the education of our children and ultimately our society.

These are already trying times. Let's work together to create a lasting model policy that serves all. This is the only true way forward.


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