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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  4:27 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Strongly Oppose

The first issue is, it is not the schools place to parent children. Gender issues should not be addressed by teachers, it is not their responsibility, nor should it be. There is also concerns for safety that adolescents or teens may abuse this policy stating they can go in whichever bathroom they please and not be questioned. The likely change of that happening is far greater than the statistical likelihood of a child being transgender. Make policies that support homeschooling for these children, or “safe zones” but do not make policies that undermine teacher authority, parental authority and safety of the 99.9% of other children 

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