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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1/4/21  10:21 pm
Commenter: Dan Bertuna

Not appropriate for schools

As a parent and citizen, I do not approve of proposed guidelines that seek to eliminate all distinctions between male and female and indoctrinate school children.  Sexual identify and gender issues are not matters for schools to mandate - this is an area that should be left to parents and families.    

In addition these policies are completely unworkable and will force students, faculty and administrators to comply with a view of sex and gender even if it directly conflicts with their own fundamental beliefs.

The policies provide no exceptions or accommodations for a student or teacher whose religious faith, conscience, or understanding of biology and sociology prevents them from being able to go along with the “transgender” ideology and policies.

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