New York State's Dignity for all Students Act (The Dignity Act)
The Dignity for All Students Act prohibits discrimination and harassment of students by staff and other students defined as the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; or conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety. Such conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse includes but is not limited to conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.
Bullying is a form of harassment. According to the U.S. Department of Education, bullying generally involves the following characteristics:
An imbalance of power - Children who bully use their power such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
The Intent to Cause Harm - The person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
Repetition - Bullying behaviors generally are repeated and happen over time.
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Coordinators
Coordinators work in conjunction with Pupil Support Services (school psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors) in addressing all incidents and concerns. Please contact the appropriate coordinator or support service staff with any questions or concerns.
Dignity for All Students (DASA) Coordinators:
District Office - Dr. Michelle Gallo
Baldwin High School - Arlene Guerrero
Baldwin Middle School - Andrew Dinapoli
Brookside School - Unal Karakas
Lenox School - Valerie Paul
Meadow School - Echele May
Plaza School - Mark Gray
Steele School - Nicole Hunn