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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  4:18 pm
Commenter: Adrienne Varner

Vehemently Disagree: You Are Not My Child’s Parent...I Am


I utterly reject the Department of Education’s proposed model regulations drafted in response to that legislation HB 145 and SN 161 purely because it violates the First Amendment rights of parents to raise and care for their children.  

If the Department of Education wishes to insert itself “in loco parentis” for a student struggling with gender dysphoria while at school, then presumably they’ll be willing to assume ALL medical, legal, and financial responsibilities that arise from the administration’s exclusive counsel and “care” of that child. 

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

Moreover, 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.




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