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  2:24 pm
Commenter: Michael Nichols

Model policies for the treatment of transgender students

To whom it may concern:

While I fully agree that any student should be treated respectfully, these policies being proposed by VDOE are an overreach based on radical theories that eradicate all distinctions between male and female and treat our school children as a social experiment in sexuality. None of those theories have compelling evidence and support from the scientific community as a whole. Implementing these policies would in fact be potentially more detrimental to children's long-term health and well-being since much self-proclaimed transgenderism in younger people more often than not stems from a confused psychological state of gender dysphoria which requires the wisdom and maturity of professional accompaniment and counsel rather than an unbridled, unloving response of just giving license to whatever the student may be feeling at the moment. We're supposed to be the adults in the room here!

Another difficulty with the proposed guidelines is that they assume a posture of disrespect toward the role of the parent as primary caregiver by handling student manifestation of transgenderism as knowledge to which the state is privy but the parent is not. What automatically qualifies the state to be more responsible in handling these matters than the parents themselves? This usurping of the authority of the state over the parent sets a dangerous precedent for the abuse of public power in other arenas as well.

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