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  8:59 am
Commenter: Anita Zimmerman

Transgender Legislation

I strongly urge you NOT to support the proposed new transgender guidelines. They would jeopardize the safety of children in dressing rooms and bathrooms, take away the rights of parents to guide their own children, and actually encourage children to explore "alternative lifestyles."  Forcing students and faculty to use non-gender pronouns also hampers free speech and helps to break down the God-given differences between males and females.

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