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
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:
Kevin Calacone, Principal
Further information and resources
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
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)
ReachOut.com: Bullying & Harassment
Bullying, harassment, cyberbullying - more info
Read more about bullying, harassment, discrimination and how to
address such behaviors.