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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  3:15 pm
Commenter: James Williams

Support - It's for them, not you

When reviewing this policy, I ask those who oppose to consider where the concerns lie. If it's how this will affect you as a straight person and what types of conversations you may now be forced to have with your children, then understand this policy is not an infringement of your rights. This policy is to provide a support system for the victims in the scenario who are bullied for how they live, for who they like, for how they dress, etc. It's a call and a request for standards of decency for these students. 

This policy is one effort to help a group of marginalized people in our community. There will always be more options and ways in which people can be helped or laws in place, but this immediate policy is not such a dramatic step. This policy creates a structure that can be adjusted and developed with time as necessary. Currently, there is not a structure, so people are receiving disparate treatment from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in our Commonwealth.

If you believe that there is a concern for your children's safety, then those concerns can be vetted under this policy. You can address your fears, and if there is a legitimate concern to be addressed, it can be included. However, if you feel that something that has never happened may happen to your child, then you also have to address this fear on a personal level. For example, there are plenty of myths about LGBT+ people and whether trans people are trying to harass straight people in bathrooms. If this is your concern, then dig into the data or ask the school board to do so. Listen to what is presented and reevaluate if it's something worth your time and stress. I won't say everyone has illegitimate fears out there, but if you don't know the circumstances, then it's on you to look into it. 

This policy is meant to help those students who are suffering, so let's get a policy in place and help our community better take care of our kids. If you had a trans child, then you would want them to be taken care of and supported in school. That is what is requested here. 

Please support this policy so that we can support the kids and the Commonwealth as a whole. 

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