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  11:18 pm
Commenter: Parent of students in VA School

Strongly Oppose

The state of VA has MUCH BIGGER problems with their education system, but it seems we are copying what we see in Washington...wasting taxpayer money and time on nonsensical issues that only benefit a slim minority. (Check out the rate of illiterate children graduating in Fauquier County, VA if you don’t believe me.)

K-12 schools are not the appropriate place to explore your gender identity or sexual orientation. Mathematics, Science, and Literature are all legitimate examples of subjects to pursue in school. Even IF a student chooses to be confused about the reproductive organs they were born with, that is IRRELEVANT to learning how to read, spell, add, paint, sing, or even play an instrument!

This legislation will not provide equity for all students by protecting trans-genders, so much as it is making trans-students a “protected species” while putting cis-gendered students at risk. You can’t protect one group at the expense of another. Also, this legislation undermines our teachers and school staff by degrading their authority with students.  If a student can be gender-fluid at any given-time; that can be used to manipulate staff and impede learning. 

Our nation legalized homosexual marriage, and already we are hearing rumblings of people wanting to legalize polygamy and pedophilia....where does this stop? Where do you draw the line? Legislate to protect trans-gender students and next up: students want to identify as animals or inanimate objects.  This isn’t about protecting a slim minority...this is a politically weapon used issue aimed at destroying absolute norms.

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