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Dignity for All Students Act

DASAThe Dignity for All Students Act went into effect July 1, 2012 in New York State. Its purpose is to ensure that elementary and secondary public school students have the right to attend school in an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) prohibits actions — such as aggression, threats, and intimidation — that interfere with another student’s educational performance both at school and district events. It also creates a framework for sensitivity and diversity training to promote a positive school environment.

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, Education Law, Article 2, C-RCS will strive to create an environment free of bullying, discrimination and/or harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex by school employees or students on school property and at school-sponsored activities and events that take place at locations off school property.

An important addition to the act is a provision regarding cyber bulling. Cyber bulling includes any electronically transmitted messages that are intended to harm another student. This “verbal” bullying is prohibited and may be subject to disciplinary consequences by the school.

DASA requires that at least one person at every school be thoroughly trained to handle harassing behaviors. Designated school professionals are trained to act as Anti-Bullying Coordinators for Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District and each of the buildings within the district. C-RCS’s roles and responsibilities include: prevention, intervention, training, reporting and investigating by the Dignity Act Coordinator as determined by New York State Education Department’s Regulation and Dignity for All Students Act.

As part of the Act, Golding Middle School Assistant Principal Jeff Klenk has been appointed the district’s Dignity Act Coordinator. In each school, there is a Building Dignity Act Coordinator, who will handle complaints on harassment and bullying as well as educate faculty, staff and students on those topics.

Incidents of bullying, discrimination and/or harassment should be reported to the district’s DASA coordinators.

The coordinators are:

For Ryder: Becky Dostie, ext. 5050
For Radez: Lynn Rickson, ext. 4003
For Golding: Jeff Klenkext. 2010
For C-R High School: James Deschamps, ext. 1009

Please take a moment to watch these videos with your children:

Visit the district’s Anti-Bullying Pinterest board for more resources, parent guides, help lines, and other information.