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  10:45 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Transgender policy in Va public schools

I do not agree with the proposed transgender policies for Va. schools but this does not mean that I don’t care deeply for families and children who are struggling with this issue.  I am a mother and have worked as a teacher in a private school.

The public schools are not the place to facilitate help for a very complex issue.  Public school teachers are often overwhelmed and stressed with many challenges and the suggestions of these policies would only make life more difficult in the classroom.  Calling a child the wrong “preferred pronoun”  could be described as “harassment or discrimination.”  Parental rights and privacy could be ignored by the school staff who try to help children explore their gender expression.  This is not the role of the public school. 

Studies show that most young children who are not exposed to suggestions of changing their gender ID,  learn to accept their biological sex by the end of puberty.  Children should be protected from social media, movies and TV that suggest such concepts are



possible....of being able to change one’s gender.  The vulnerability of a child with autism or ADHD can be a factor as well. 

The public school systems will have to change their high school biology textbooks.  Science matters and science proves that one can not change your biological sex assigned at birth.  

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