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  10:41 am
Commenter: Barbara


How about we acknowledge gender dysphoria as the legitimate, treatable psychological disorder it is, as is clearly indicated in the DMS-5?  I propose instead, as a society we encourage the adults in their lives get the kids the help they need, rather than further confuse and watch as they grow into suicidal tendencies, which we have an abundance of data to support.  It is outright abuse to allow minors who experience confusion as a result of our culture to continue to feel as if they don't belong in their bodies, and avoid treating them.  We would NEVER accept this for a child who identifies as fat and ugly, then let them continue on a destructive mental path toward anorexia or bulimia or other harmful patterns because their mind (mental disorder) tells them they are something only they see/identify as.  Stop this radical nonsense, and keep it OUT of our schools.

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