I strongly oppose The Virginia Department of Education Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia's Public Schools (Model Policies). The Model Policies not only contradict science and reason, as well as the teachings of many religious faiths, the Policies fail to consider the role of parents as the primary educators of their children. The Policies flagrantly contradict the Virginia Department of Education and the Board of Education's stated beliefs "that families and schools working in collaboration can create meaningful relationships that lead to significant gains in student achievement and success. We strongly encourage local school officials to develop plans and policies to enhance family engagement in their children's school, lives, and in the education community..."
The Model Policies also contradict the Fairfax County Public School system's "BELIEFS" which state: "The Dynamic and supportive partnerships among students, parents, educators, and the community are critical to meet student needs and provide enriching experiences" and "Families play a fundamental role in their children's education."
Please uphold the critical and most basic relationship between parents and their children and reject the Model Policies.