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  4:09 pm
Commenter: R Juárez

This will endanger all children

In an effort to give children freedoms they aren’t mature enough to handle, in order to protect their feelings, a decision like this would not only punish those being forced to act in strong opposition of their core beliefs, but it would foster an environment that would endanger all children. Forcing a student or staff member to go against their beliefs to cater to someone else’s sexual preferences or confusions is no different than forcing a person to either acknowledge faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son or else be punished. Either scenario would produce insincere behavior stemming from fear. Instead, worry more about teaching children to be kind and respectful of one another’s differences and challenges, as staff sets the example. 

Don’t endanger young boys and girls. Don’t be the cause of fostering situations for rape and sexual abuse. This change pretends to protect some children, but would in the end harm them all. 

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