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  4:20 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Concerned teacher and parent

I understand that now a days there is an increasing number of children that are struggling with gender identity and this can be very difficult and confusing for the child  and their parents to go through.

As a teacher I make every effort to treat all of my students with care and compassion and to support them socially, emotionally and academically. 

However, these policies are in my opinion overstepping the boundaries between teachers and school officials and families. As a parent I would vehemently oppose the school's involvement in counseling my child on any subject without my knowledge. As a teacher, I would not feel qualified or comfortable interfering with sensitive subjects such as a child's identity. 

Every trauma experience that a child may go through is unique to each individual child. These policies are ambiguous, impersonal and invasive. They do not protect the students, teachers, or parents; on the contrary they put all the above at risk of losing their individual rights to express their personal convictions and opinions in making the best decision for all. 

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