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Loudoun County releases parent feedback on transgender student policy before Aug. 10 vote

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Online feedback requested by Loudoun County Public Schools about a controversial proposed policy has been released ahead of upcoming meetings on that policy.

The school board will discuss "Policy 8040, Rights of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students" at its Tuesday meeting, and "unless otherwise directed," will vote on it on August 10.

Policy 8040, which addresses access to bathrooms and sports for transgender students, as well as usage of their preferred pronouns, has been widely and loudly discussed by parents and at least one teacher.

"I'm a teacher but I serve God first," said Leesburg Elementary School physical education teacher Tanner Cross at a Loudoun County school board meeting in May. "I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it's against my religion, it's lying to a child, it's abuse to a child, and it's sinning against our God."

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In response to those comments, Cross was suspended. The school district justified the suspension by saying Cross had "engaged in conduct that has had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School."

Earlier in June, Cross won a temporary injunction and a judge ordered his reinstatement. A few days later, LCPS said it would appeal the court's decision to allow Cross to return to work to the Commonwealth's Supreme Court.

Parents have been outspoken both about the policy itself and the actions taken against Cross. It appears that they have also visited the school system's online feedback form in droves. The tone of the feedback ranges from livid to thankful.

"Loudoun is again establishing our county as a leader in protecting the rights of transgender students," one person wrote.

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"This policy, forcing all students and staff to enter into a person’s delusion that they are not their biological gender, is abusive to all involved," wrote another, echoing Cross's comments.

Some parents are more focused on the wording of the policy in their comments. 

"This policy is garbage," one wrote. "If someone is found to be 'in violation' of this policy, what's the ramification? There's nothing identified."

The policy does not, in fact, specify consequences for violations.

You can access the full list of comments from the online feedback form HERE.

The public can access LCPS school board meetings on the LCPS website.

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