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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  11:04 am
Commenter: Brad

Absolutely Not

First let me say by reading the comments from others I am pretty sure most of the people who are for this do not even have kids in public schools. If that is the case they have no dog in this fight and should not be able to push there opinion on others when it will not effect them whatsoever. Second lets go back to the start, a man has parts different from a woman at birth. Therefore they are different, if a boy chooses to be a woman I don't think anybody cares same thing if a woman wants to be a boy. This is America go ahead. But to have the state push these type of ideas on our children is unacceptable. Parents have the right to know what is going on in there kids life and although the school may not need to call and tell them if the parent reaches out the information should be there. They are not considered adults until they are 18 years of age right? you have to have the parents consent for anything until that point. If a child is bullying another student the parents should be involved to help correct the issue not left in the dark. The school does not decide how we discipline our children. If a child decides to be Transgender the parents need to know, this should be a conversation between parents and children not the school system. The fact you want to take kids away from parents if they do not agree is unconstitutional and highly inappropriate. These are kids who don't even know what they want after graduating high school mush less there identity. LEAVE IT TO THE PARENTS. To not allow religious exemptions is also unconstitutional. I don't care if your muslim, christian, catholic or budist. freedom of religion is being taken away primarily to the christian faith the country was founded on. Our currency still says in GOD we trust, so why are we doing things that go totally against that? Every student has the right to learn no doubt, no child should ever be bullied. These ideas come from the far left and in no way should be allowed as I have said before we are talking about innocent children. Its awful interesting how all this comes up like the people at the top really care about the students. Where have you been since last March? Why are we not back in schools full time? Why does no one really care about the kids and just stupid policy for a very small group of students? why would we add all this for a small group and potentially harm the large group? There are better alternatives that could be considered but our commonwealth and governor appear to join the far left in most cases. If you really want to help the children get them back in school learning from teachers, bring back the pledge of allegiance and focus on the child's future not liberal agenda. 

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