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  3:30 pm
Commenter: Dennis Smith

Beware of Identity Politics

Is this not more about identity politics than actual prevention of bullying? I do not want to see kids bullied by the faculty or students. I also do not want to see parents limited to nothing more than mindless machines of our common wealth. Does this not open the door for boys who identify as girls to take place and ultimately dominate in girls sports because of their bodies natural tendency to produce testosterone (science)? Does this not potentially pave the way for the common wealth to dictate to parents how their children should be raised when the parents are concerned that puberty blocking drugs may damage their children in the long run (again science)? If parents and child decide to take this direction they have every right to be treated with respect by the  common wealth, if this is where this starts and ends, fine. Even though, I myself disagree with this on a personal and Spiritual level. However, in the public square no persons rights should trample another persons rights. This goes down to the basic principle of treating others they way you want to be treated. I have seen and have been bullied myself over numerous things including my Christianity. It was dealt with by my teachers or even by working with my parents and teachers. There was no need for action by the legislator. Which is why I ask, is this not more about scoring political points with identity politics than looking after the needs of our students. We all have different views and opinions and most should be respected, especially if it involves a healthy parent child relationship. In general public education families from all the different backgrounds, religious or otherwise should be respected. If this was written under more general terms and required the need for parents and faculty to work these things out together, I think you would have more backers. That includes myself. No one wants to be bullied, by students or the common wealth.

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