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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  7:18 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Oppose
 

While we must protect all students, including those who identify as transgender, this document establishes unhelpful and dangerous precedents.

Parents are the primary protectors and educators of their children, not the school system, so they should not be misinformed or uninformed about what is happening with or around their children. The only exceptions to this are in cases of actual child abuse/neglect, which is a separate and urgent matter to attend to. What is protective to one is harmful to the other and vice versa. This document requires all children and their families to essentially be lumped into one category, again leading to both unhelpful and potentially dangerous results.

Additionally, careful attention needs to be paid to conducting and adhering to actual research regarding transgender identifying youths. There are balanced ways we can support every child working through their own identity, etc without moving so forcefully in the direction of special interests groups that push an agenda that often is unaware of, undermines, or ignores the nuances of child development.

Strongly oppose this document - we can do better for our children, their families, our schools, and community.

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