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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  9:38 pm
Commenter: Terri Brandon

Transgender - Opposed

I am a parent of two.  I strongly disagree with "schools will be permitted to help a student explore, facilitate and make decisions regarding their gender expression of sexual identity while at school, without a parent even knowing!" as well as many of the other points listed.  

It is disgusting that the school/teachers are becoming responsible for the duties of parents. The foundations of families are crumbling due to many failures but schools are handed another assignment--sexual identity. Society needs to focus on families, not "who/what do you feel like today?" 

In my opinion, school is for ACADEMICS. Sexual identity and transgender issues should be discussed and handled by parents, families, and medical personnel, not school personnel.  I do not want issues like this discussed with children. Let the parents handle this.  If a child/teen is "confused", the doors to the guidance should be open for assistance. 

I am offended and appalled that this topic is even being considered. Please, please do not let transgender or sexual identity issues be allowed into the school curriculum--at any age.

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