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  10:07 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

**Schools should HAVE to report to Parents**

This document gives the school discrection on whether or not the parents of students will be told about their child's gender issues.  Parents need to be involved in all aspects of their children's education and time at school.  Remember the students in past who have committed suicide and the parents had no idea because the schools felt it wasn't something to communicate to the parents.  This is a scary slope that will only widen the gap between the child-parent relationship and draw the child closer to the government run school system.  Schools are NOT substitutes for parents.

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