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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  9:45 pm
Commenter: William M Bernhardt

Opposed, if we belive in equality.

Preferential treatment for those students who believe themselves to be different is in no way the job of the school board to enforce, any more than it is the job of the school system to teach anything outside the purview of science. Rules are already in place for the conduct of students, in general, and there should be no appearance of favoring one group of people over any other. If our students are to grow up understanding the idea of equality, then they should be treated equally, no matter what race, creed, background, or gender.

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