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  2:34 pm
Commenter: MG

SAY NO WAY _ identity without any substantiating evidence (SECURITY CONCERN FOR ALL)

“Schools shall allow students to assert a name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence.” (Draft Policy, p.13)


Do NOT accept policy as written.  Accountability and Security considerations must be complied with.  Enroll with proper and legal documentation. Pick a nick name under current rules.  As a teacher, many students refer to generic nic-names (a female student likes to be called Bobbi.  Another male student likes to be called Staci.)  These are very appropriate ways already in place.  why we do not added policy with vague, unclear and ambiguous language.

Public School has the resposnibility for knowing who students are legally - legally enrolled

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