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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  2:56 pm
Commenter: Ashley

Strongly Oppose this Bill; Strongly Support All Children

This policy violates children and parents with religious convictions and forces violation of conscience of which both are protected in our country’s and state’s constitutions. It imposes impossible expectations on children to adapt immediately to fluid pronouns and to be comfortable in vulnerable environments like bathrooms and locker rooms with those with different body parts. I don’t want any child to feel rejected or misunderstood, so current rules against bullying and harassment are valuable and sufficient. Anything more is prioritizing one people group over another and that is always detrimental to society. Our children need to learn to coexist with each other despite our differences. This policy weaponizes one preference over another. It will not protect our children nor benefit their development. 

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