Dignity for All Students Act
Dignity for All Students - Anti-Bullying Information and Resources
FEUFSD believes that all students deserve and have the right to be educated in a safe, nurturing, and supportive school environment that accepts them for who they are.
New York State Dignity for All Students Act?New law effective July 1, 2012
The goal of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which took effect July 1, is to provide students with a safe, supportive educational environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying. Some of the law requirements include updating and/or establishing anti-harassment and discrimination policies and regulations, creating school training programs and incorporating or embedding civility, citizenship and character education into the curriculum for every grade level.
Fort Edward School already meets the DASA standards in many respects. From in-school character education sessions led by teachers and counselors to after school clubs, students at all grade levels are exposed to the ideas of tolerance, compassion and respect.
Resources for Parents
What is Bullying? A government website titled Stop Bullying Now defines it as:
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.
• Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
• Spreading bad rumors about people
• Keeping certain people out of a "group"
• Teasing people in a mean way
• Getting certain people to "gang up" on others
Bullying also can happen online or electronically. Cyberbullying is when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include:
• Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
• Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites
• Using someone else's user name to spread rumors or lies about someone
Each school has a Dignity Act Coordinator. In the Elementary School it is Mrs. LeBarron (747-4529 ext 3115, firstname.lastname@example.org) and in the MS/HS it is Mrs. Scotch (747-4529 ext 3123, email@example.com).