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  5:12 pm
Commenter: Mary Meyer

Oppose the new guidelines based on eradicating male/female distinctions

As a retired elementary school teacher, I am strongly opposed to the new guidelines about eradicating distinctions between males and females.  Baldrige in education says that school is all about learning, learning, learning not constant chaos and arguments.  Anything that disrupts the teaching of SOLs needs to go.  Thus this policy needs to be tossed. 

I cannot tell you the number of times a boy pretended to enter the girls' restroom for giggles and the turmoil that seethed out into the classroom all that day.  ALL students have the right to privacy.  No student's individual gender choice should overcome this right of a free appropriate education for the whole group.  

During this time of the pandemic, teachers and students do NOT need one more thing interrupting the teaching of basics.  Students are woefully behind and need a safe, calm environment to catch up.  

Again, I am strongly opposed to these guidelines since they will be detrimental to the learning process.

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