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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  2:09 pm
Commenter: Martina

Strongly Oppose

This proposal undercuts open and honest conversation between parents and their children. It also hinders parents from active involvement in the life of their child at school.

The proposed guidance document violates the presumption of parental autonomy in Virginia. Code Sec. 1-240.1 provides that a parent has the fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education and care of the parent’s child.   

The proposed regulations provide no accommodations for students and teachers whose sincerely and deeply held religious beliefs and understanding of gender and human sexuality are not in accord with the views underlying the proposed policies.

Protect the privacy and human rights of all students by keeping boys out of girls' locker rooms and protect their God-given identity. There will be no way to protect students under those new policies. They will have a "right" to enter any restroom or locker room they choose. It will be impossible to protect the innocence of students. 

Let gender questions be handled by parents, not the school system. Stop confusing the majority of students. 

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