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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  7:23 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly Oppose

I believe very strongly that this does far more harm than good. This truly poses a risk to girls especially since a biological boy is generally able to overpower the female sex. Without being able to question the validity of how a young person truly identifies and which sex they are attracted to, how can you offer protection to those who want natural privacy and safety? School age kids, especially middle schoolers are extremely susceptible and going through so many emotional and biological changes naturally, that they are very easily confused. Would not want my child to be pushed in a certain direction based solely on any awkward changes that are very natural in the development of their biological sex. 

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