Dignity for All Students Act
Cattaraugus Little Valley Central School District is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment free from harassment, bullying or discrimination. The District encourages the involvement of staff, students, parents, and community members in the implementation and reinforcement of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) .
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) 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 was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012.
This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students. The Dignity Act also amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes. The Dignity Act further amended Section 2801 of the Education Law by requiring Boards of Education to include language addressing The Dignity Act in their codes of conduct.
Additionally, under the Dignity Act, schools will be responsible for collecting and reporting data regarding material incidents of discrimination and harassment.• WE CARE ABOUT KIDS …THIS IS NOTHING NEW… WE HAVE GREAT STAFF WITH MANY STRENGTHS…
• WE HAVE MANY RESOURCES—SCHOOL COUNSELORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, NURSES, ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF, ETC.
• WE MUST PREVENT AND RESPOND TO INCIDENTS OF HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
• WE NEED TO FOCUS ON DIGNITY and RESPECT EVERY DAY
• WE NEED TO BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH EVERYONE WITH AN INTENTIONAL, HEIGHTENED INTENSITY
- WE CAN,,,,,,BE SOMEONE'S HERO