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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  12:20 pm
Commenter: Vickie

Proposed gender policy

I am opposed to the proposed gender policy primarily because it allows for deception of parents. Honest communication between educators and parents is very important.

Also, there are problems with a policy that would stifle a student's ability to express their own beliefs for fear of negative consequences. 

I would rather not have children hurt because of gender OR religious beliefs. Nor would I want parents deceived.

CommentID: 95311