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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  11:10 am
Commenter: Concerned Parent

Protect Children Struggling with Mental Health Issues by Opposing This

I believe those struggling with gender dysphoria greatly need help and support.  But by treating them as if they are completely normal only hurts them.  There are countless examples of people who have gone through a sex change and have greatly regretted it.  These individuals need help and need to be protected by not making this a "normal" thing.  Any other mental illness has many options for counseling and help. 

True love does not turn a blind eye nor does it support an individual in the guise of acceptance/tolerance while that person is doing something harmful to themselves.  By truly loving another person, one wishes what is best for that person.  Good parents will seek medical attention for their child if he is struggling with schizophrenia.  Parents who tell their child that their condition is completely normal and don't seek medical help are not helping their child.  The same logic applies to people struggling with gender dysphoria.  Let parents be parents and make these decisions for their children.  I do not want the state to decide when my child learns about this because they do not know my child.

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