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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  2:31 pm
Commenter: Bret Lansdell


How DARE you discriminate against anyone who believes that God made man and woman because that's what you are doing with the approval of this policy.

Do not force teachers, parents and students to go along with your ideological agenda that we must all label everyone into a 'right' and 'wrong' group, further pushing society into decline and promoting division and hatred. If we do not agree with this ideology, that doesn't equal discrimination. In fact, you are the ultimate hypocrite! This policy is completely discriminatory against anyone who doesn't conform. At least try to save face and include a religious exemption. 

In fact, not only are you disseminating an anti-Christian mindset but remember, resulting suicides are a very real and increasing statistic in people who are transgender, and you are only fueling the fire towards it for those students who are in need of love and attention. Don't encourage the pain and suffering they are going through now. These negative outcomes occur many years later, so of course there would be no recourse on you for the damage you could potentially do with the approval of this policy.

You are also absolutely overstepping your boundaries when it comes to my child's upbringing. You have no right to teach my child that this immoral behavior is okay and should be celebrated and embraced or face consequences if you disagree. 

And by the way, isn't the education of our children supposed to concentrate on the truth about biology, not the influence on it via societal values or lack thereof? And why is it okay now to change definitions all in the name of inclusion? Diversity and inclusion means excluding those who object to ideological uniformity. There is a fundamental breakdown of our school system if you disagree with this statement.

And how does this policy teach our kids to be upstanding, truthful, and moral citizens? Why is it that you do not support a strong family unit? You have totally missed the mark if you are trying to insert yourself into our homes, challenging parents' rights. In fact, you would go behind parents' backs and actually call Child Protective Services crying 'child abuse' on me because I read the Bible to my child where St. Paul writes through the power of God, the Holy Spirit, saying that this conduct is a sin. Instead, I suggest you repent for your sins and not worry about my own or my child's. God created everything, sees everything, but still forgives everyone who asks.

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