This transgender model policy is in direct violation of parental rights along with trying to play God. The Virginia Department of Education's job and purpose is to provide children with an education. It is not the VDOE's job to be the parent. Instead you are developing policies that cave into the immature development and mindset of a child's gender choices and in turn labeling parents, teachers and peers as abusers for not giving the child what they want. These children need professional counseling and support from their families to help them understand why they feel they way they do. In addition, the VDOE is not God and should not attempt to redefine what God alone has created. Your model policy does not respect or value the belief of Christians or other faiths that firmly believe that God created people as distinctly male and female. You cannot force us to believe otherwise and deem us as abusive when our faith values are very clear that gender is not fluid. It is not the public school's job to affirm the psychological whim of a child. They are children. You are the adults. Please make adult decisions and implement policies that unify and help children and their families, not separate them by encouraging children to keep secrets from their parents.