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  12:41 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Discrimination on Both sides

Good afternoon.

I believe this policy is one sided and does not protect everyone. What about how it makes other children feel? I believe you should love everyone and meet people where they are, but what about the kids who feel uncomfortable. Telling parents that they cannot encourage them to embrace their god given birth sex is discrimination against other peoples religion (in the context of you teaching them that they can choose and putting new ideas in their head vs. already struggling with it) It will cause bullying towards people of religion, do we not care about them? If you are not religious then of course you wouldn't care how they would feel because it does not pertain to you. We must respect one another and not choose only one. Why are there not classes to teach people how to love another despite their differences and opinions? 

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