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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  6:51 am
Commenter: Concerned Mother & Teacher


I am a mother and a teacher. This shakes me to my core. If we do this what is to say that predators won't simply say they are transgender to have access to bathrooms and locker rooms? Will these children then be showering at school with people who have the opposite sex organs as them? I do not care what people identify with and I do not mind using different pronouns (although sometimes it is hard when they go back and forth from week to week). I do mind for how this can open things up for predators. I do worry about how much easier this could cause students to be violated. 


On a different level, how does this not infringe on the first amendment?



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