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  7:12 am
Commenter: Eileen Bakke

Policy guidelines on Transgender Students

As a parent, grandparent and educator, I want to severely object to the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth regarding transgender students. These policies directly and substantially undermine parental rights and responsibilities, granting the school personnel authority to bypass parents when dealing with their children on extremely personal and sensitive matters. Furthermore, these policies cater to the changing whims of students, making it impossible for educators to interpret and enforce these policies. Indeed, how can teachers do their jobs if they have to worry every day about being reported by an “offended” student. These policies fly in the face of biology, adult authority, and common sense. I urge you to remove this policy guidance, and allow districts, in collaboration with parents, to determine more measured and specific policies.

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