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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  4:34 pm
Commenter: Amber Ad

Strongly Oppose

You are either born male or born female.  A public school system should not join in on a matter like this since sex was established at(before) birth.  Children born male, are male. Children born female, are female.  Any question of a child's sex should be evaluated and then the child and family should be notified of assistance with seeking mental help.  Public school children should not be exposed to opposite sex children in the bathroom, locker room, etc.  A situation such as this potential exposure would be a detriment to all children's lives and cause mass confusion.  Sorry but my child does not need this exposure! 

The anti-discrimination, anti-bully programs that are already in place should be used in this situation.  

Also, teachers and staff should not be secretive about this or any other subject as stated in the proposal.  A child's parents rightfully should know of any behavior that is outside of normal.  Teachers and staff should also not be tasked with the chore of becoming mental health professionals. 

This whole discussion is disgusting to me.  My family lives a life of love for all but in no way, shape, or form will I ever support this! 

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