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Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

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Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) took effect on July 1, 2012. Just as with the district's Code of Conduct, the law seeks to provide the state’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

 The Dignity Act includes, but is not limited to, acts of discrimination and harassment based on a student’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (defined to include gender identity or expression), or sex.

The law complements programs and initiatives already in place in Schoharie's elementary school and jr/sr. high school that are aimed at promoting tolerance and bullying prevention both in those buildings and districtwide.

School officials understand the impact bullying and harassment can have on a school environment. More than a physical threat, bullying creates a climate of fear and makes learning difficult for all students.

The DASA law calls for each school to appoint a Dignity Act Coordinator who is trained to address issues in areas protected by the law and is accessible to the school community. The Dignity Act Coordinators for Schoharie are listed below.

Schoharie Central School District DASA Coordinators:
Elementary School:

Andrea Polikoski, Principal
(518) 295-6651

Jr./Sr.High School:
Kevin Calacone, Principal
(518) 295-6601

Further information and resources

The SCS Elementary School webpage, Jr./Sr. High School webpage and Athletics webpage all include links to student handbooks and policies related to behavior, discipline and creating a positive school environment.

Additional Resources

New York State Education Department website

Brochure: Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in NYS public and charter schools: A guide for parents (pdf)

New York State Dignity for All Students Act presentation (pdf) Bullying & Harassment

Bullying, harassment, cyberbullying - more info

Read more about bullying, harassment, discrimination and how to address such behaviors.




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