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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: DaveM

Strongly oppose

As someone who has been on God's good earth for the better part of a century, I am saddened by people's ever increasing willingness to believe in a lie and subject the truth to their own desires, rather than cold, hard facts.  No one wants to see children bullied - not in schools, not at home, or anywhere.  However, encouraging children to adopt biologically wrong views of gender during a time of raging hormones or identity confusion that comes with youth is just exceedingly damaging to our children.  Doing so encourages them to make life-altering decisions from which there is no return.  If you pass this, you will not have to live with the life-altering consequences of this policy, but the children affected by it will.  You get to walk away from it.  They do not.  Shame on you.

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