Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
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  11:35 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Propose to change or oppose full policy

Education under a safe and inclusive environment is much needed at school, however, there are boundaries that must be set. 

1. How can the school tout as promoting a safe environment when you want to allow children to use any types of restroom facility regardless of their biological gender?  Have we forgotten the #metoo movement?  I stand against putting my children at risk. Unless the schools are willing to build single unisex restrooms then I oppose this.  
2. Our ideology and faith should not be intervened by the schools.  We will raise our children and be accepting of them without the schools adding on to the confusion of a young child’s mind.  
3. Sports shall remain separate for the biological gender students to avoid unfair disadvantages. Women have worked so hard to pave way for women’s sports let’s not take that away.  If we want to have a unisex team then create one and provide informed consent for those participating. 
4. Schools shall allow ALL students to request for accommodations at the expense of the parents. Accommodations requires more of the taxpayers dollars and would only be fair if the parents of the requested child pays for it since not every children gets to benefit from this special policy. 

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