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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1/5/21  1:48 pm
Commenter: Christine Wingard

Is this what you want for your children/grandchildren? NO

Please do not pass these harmful requirements.  I cannot imagine the mayhem this will create.  These recommended standards cause confusion in children/young adults, remove parents (who in most situations care about these children more than any one else, and by the way, pay the taxes for the public school system to educate their children) from involvement in their children's lives, and endanger children, especially girls, to harmful situations.

Furthermore, there is no provision for exception or accommodation for those who conscientiously oppose.  In every way this is harmful to all students.  Conscientious and concerned parents will have no choice but to withdraw their students from the public system.  Perhaps that may be the best outcome from this entire onslaught.  Parents care about their children, care for their children, raise their children, and pay for their children.  VDOE must listen to the outcry of the parents!   

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